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  • 1000 Poems from the Manyoshuby Anonymous

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 19.95

    Dating from the 8th century and earlier, the Manyoshu is the oldest Japanese poetry anthology; it is also widely considered to be the best. The 1,000 poems (out of a total of more than 4,500) in this famous selection were chosen by a distinguished scholarly committee based on their poetic excellence, their role in revealing the Japanese national... more...

  • The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetryby Tony Barnstone; Chou Ping

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 17.95

    Unmatched in scope and literary quality, The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry spans three thousand years, bringing together more than six hundred poems by more than one hundred thirty poets, in translations?many new and exclusive to the book?by an array of distinguished translators. Here is the grand sweep of Chinese poetry, from the Book of Songs... more...

  • A Zen Waveby Matsuo Basho; Robert Aitken; W.S. Merwin

    Counterpoint 2003; US$ 15.00

    Zen Buddhism distinguishes itself by brilliant flashes of insight and its terseness of expression. The haiku verse form is a superb means of studying Zen modes of thought and expression, for its seventeen syllables impose a rigorous limitation that confines the poet to vital experience. Here haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-94) — the greatest Japanese... more...

  • Japanese Love Poemsby Evan Bates

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 5.95

    Known as the "Collection of Myriad Leaves," or the "Collection for a Myriad Ages," the Manyoshu is Japan's most significant early anthology of poetry. The poems date from the eighth century and earlier, and their simplicity and sincerity offer glimpses of a literary culture beginning to define itself. The Manyoshu is virtually silent on the topics... more...

  • Butterfly Motherby Mark Bender; Jin Dan; Ma Xueliang

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2006; US$ 12.95

    Butterfly Mother is a collection of epic songs from the rich oral tradition of the Miao (Hmong) people of southwest China. These poetic narratives, traditionally performed by two groups of singers, relate the creation of a world in which everything is alive, and listeners find that besides mountains, rivers, trees, and creatures, inanimate objects... more...

  • Ikkyu: Crow With No Mouthby Stephen Berg

    Copper Canyon Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    New edition of best-selling Asian title presents the poems of a renowned Zen master. more...

  • Pure Lizardby Sujata Bhatt

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2008; US$ 16.99

    In this new collection of poetry that juxtaposes images such as organic sunflowers in Pennsylvania with sunflowers grown out of the toxic soil of Chernobyl, transformation and the natural world are central themes. Poems that respond to the work of composers Telemann, Bob Zieff, and Philip Glass are included, as is a poetic correspondence with the... more...

  • Poppies in Translationby Sujata Bhatt

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2015; US$ 13.99

    Sujata Bhatt is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and the recipient of a Cholmondeley Award and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. She is the award-winning author of the poetry volumes Brunizem , Collected Poems ,  A Colour of Solitude , Monkey Shadows , Point No Point , Pure Lizard , and The Stinking Rose . more...

  • Pure Lizardby Sujata Bhatt

    Carcanet 2012; US$ 11.99

    Born in India, her mother tongue Gujurati, educated in America and now living in Germany, Sujata Bhatt in her writing bridges continents, languages and identities. In Pure Lizard she further explores the dislocations and transformations first encountered in her acclaimed first collection Brunizem (1988). A being with 'pure lizard' skin appears as... more...

  • Collected Poemsby Sujata Bhatt

    Carcanet 2013; US$ 21.80

    This book gathers four decades of writing, published in collections from Brunizem in 1988 to Pure Lizard in 2008. It maps the poet’s trajectory, following her exile from her homeland, India, and her mother tongue, Gujarati, to the landscapes and languages of the USA and then Europe. Urgent, compassionate and inventive, Bhatt’s work... more...