Monthly Archives: July 2007

To Climb Pearl Tower?

“The white sun sinking down behind the mountains; the Yellow River enters the Ocean’s stream. If you desire a thousand-mile horizon, then come, you have to climb one story higher.” Wang Zhi-huan, “Mounting Stork Tower” Shanghai has an open-ended quality … Continue reading

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Miao, Mao?

Sorry that I haven’t posted for a while. Internet access was expensive in our Shanghai hotel and I was busy as the trip reached its denouement. No poetry in this entry, just some reflection. During our stay in Guiyang, we … Continue reading

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Into the Wild (Sort of)

“In sunshine Censer Peak breathes purple vapour, Far off hangs the cataract, a stream upended; Down it cascades a sheer three thousand feet – As if the Silver River were falling from Heaven!” Li Bai, “Watching the Waterfall at Lushan” … Continue reading

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Terracotta Melancholia

“To what can we liken human life? Perhaps to a wild swan’s footprint on mud or snow; By chance its claws imprint the mud Before it flies off at random, east or west.” Su Shi, “Recalling the Old Days at … Continue reading

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Wild Goose Pagoda

Answering your fate you sought our land, the path you came like walking in a dream.” Qian Qi, “Sending Off a Monk on His Return to Japan” Much has happened since I’ve had time and an internet connection to add … Continue reading

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