Poetry and Literature in Translation

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Shortlisted for the 2022 Lucien Stryk Prize for Best Translation of the Year from an Asian Language, awarded by the American Literary Translators Association.

Broad Sea and Empty Sky

China’s Greatest Modern Poet, Xu Zhimo

translated by Dorothy Trench Bonett

Xu Zhimo (1897–1931) was China’s first great modern poet and a major figure of the intellectual revolution that shaped modern China. This book presents the largest selection of Xu’s poems available in English, as well as some of his prose works.

226 pp, 6 x 9 / Soft
Chinese Poetry / World Literature
ISBN: 978-1-891640-98-8

Chosen as one of the “Ten Best Rural Poets” by the Chinese Writers Association


A Contemporary Pastoral Poet of China, Zhang Lian

translated by Keming Liu

A struggling potato farmer in rural north China, Zhang Lian (b. 1957) turned to poetry to describe the harsh beauty of his environment and his daily struggle to eke out an existence. His work has appeared in more than one hundred anthologies and been translated into several languages, now including English.

256 pp, 6 x 9 / Soft
Chinese Poetry / World Literature
ISBN: 978-1-891640-02-3

Cave of the Immortals

The Poetry and Prose of Bamboo Painter Wen Tong (1019–1079)

by Jonathan Chaves

Wen Tong (1019–1079) is considered the supreme master of bamboo painting in the history of Chinese art. Wen was a poet as well, and perhaps because of his fame as a painter, his poetry has remained virtually unknown for centuries. This book is the first in any Western language to present translations of selected poems by Wen, over three hundred of them, as well as examples of his prose writings, which shed new light on religious and folk beliefs of the day.

256 pp, 6 x 9 / Softcover
Chinese literature / art / folklore
ISBN: 978-1-891640-90-2

Winner of the 2014 Lucien Stryk Prize for Best Translation of the Year from an Asian Language, awarded by ALTA (the American Literary Translators Association).

Every Rock a Universe:
The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing

including the first complete translation of Wang Hongdu's A Record of Comprehending the Essentials of the Yellow Mountains

by Jonathan Chaves

A fascinating eighteenth-century travel journal to an area of scenic beauty that remains a hugely popular tourist destination today, written by poet and artist Wang Hongdu (1646–1721/1722) and never before available in English.

210 pp, 6 x 9, Soft
8 monochrome photographs by Wang Wusheng
ISBN: 978-1-891640-70-4


Offerings of Song and Art

by Rabindranath Tagore; paintings by Mark W. McGinnis

The enduringly popular verses of poet, playwright, and novelist Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) illustrated with 103 exquisite paintings by artist Mark McGinnis, after the fashion of Indian Kangra style paintings of the late 18th century.

144 pp, 5 x 9, Hard
103 original color paintings
Spirituality / Poetry / Illustrated books / Gift books
ISBN: 978-1-891640-28-5

Seasons of Sacred Celebration

Flowers and Poetry from an Imperial Convent

Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies

Presents 18 beautiful calligraphic renderings of classical poems from well-known anthologies, with delicate floral illustrations, preserved since the 17th century at Daishoji Imperial Convent in Kyoto, one of the main Rinzai Zen convents in Japan.

114 pp, 6.5 x 8, Soft
18 full-color illustrations, bibliography, notes
Japanese art & culture
ISBN: 978-1-891640-35-3

Voices of the Fourth Generation

China's Poets Today

edited by Keming Liu

An anthology of the outstanding work of China's so-called Fourth Generation of poets emerging from a vibrant and rapidly developing cultural scene, offered for the first time in bilingual format.

144 pp, 6 x 9, Hard
38 monochrome photos, biographical sketches, bibliography
Chinese literature & art / Poetry
ISBN: 978-1-891640-58-2

Cloud Gate Song

The Verse of Tang Poet Zhang Ji

translated by Jonathan Chaves

The first book in any Western language devoted to the work of this major poet of the Tang dynasty, with 300 poems rendered in accurate, readable translation.

176 pp, 5.25 x 8.5, Soft
12 line drawings and woodblock-print illustrations
Literature / Chinese poetry
ISBN: 978-1-891640-44-5

Mirages on the Sea of Time

The Taoist Poetry of Ts'ao T'ang

by Edward H. Schafer

All the surviving verse of the ninth-century poet, with introductory remarks on the source of his imagery and short essays on his treatment of figures of the Taoist pantheon.

164 pp, 5.25 x 8.25, Soft
Notes, bibliography, glossary, index
Literature / Chinese poetry / Daoist philosophy
ISBN: 978-1-891640-45-2

The Tatar Whirlwind

A Novel of Seventeenth-Century East Asia

by Shiba Ryotaro, translated by Joshua Fogel

A sweeping epic of battles and international intrigue at the time of the Manchu invasion of China, by Japan's most popular writer of historical fiction.

656 pp, 6 x 9, Hard
6 maps, list of characters
ISBN: 978-1-891640-46-9

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