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Introduction
A LETTER TO KAO PIEN
DELICATE FLOWERS FADE
PEACH PETALS ARE SHAKEN
SO HANDSOME IS THIS PRINCE
FROM THE CENTER OF THE SUN
BIG AND FLAT, THE LEAVES OF LOTUS
PULL UP THE RUSHY GRASS
THE WRITING BRUSH
ON THE TEMPLE TERRACE
THE GOLDEN HEADDRESS
THE SONG OF THE CICADAS
FAREWELL TO OFFICIAL YAO
PARTING FROM LU YUAN-WEI
FROM HSIANG CH’UN, DEEP IN THE SOUTHERN DESERT
I STOOD SO LONG
THIS MAGICAL YOUNG SEASON
THE SLENDER FRUIT TREES
THE LEAVES OF THE SOUTHERN BAMBOO
NINE SAD SONGS FOR YUAN CHEN
DO NOT COMPARE BEAN FLOWERS
AS I WAIT ALONE
FAREWELL TO CHENG WEI CHOU
THE LOTUS IS PALE ON BLACK WATER
FRONTIER LIFE IS KNOWN TO BE HARSH
POEMS ARE WRITTEN IN VARIOUS SHAPES
IRRESISTIBLE MAN
IN THE SEASON OF FALLING PLUM PETALS
TODAY, ALTHOUGH FAINT AND IN PAIN
THE LAST ROSE MALLOW
THE EARLY SUN DISSOLVES THE MIST
THE SEEKING WIND
THE YEARS HAVE ERASED THE PATH
MEADOW
WARBLERS
RIDE INTO MORNING
MORE PRECIOUS THAN GRASS
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Mary Kennedy - I Am A Thought of You

Mary Kennedy - I Am A Thought of You

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Adapted from translations from Chinese, this is a collection of delicate and graceful poems by Sie Thao, who lived in the ninth century, that are alive to the joys of nature. Her name means Waving Grass. She wove herself and her songs into the hearts of lovers, and has been, in turn, woven by them into legends, legends that have been adopted by other countries.
Poet, playwright, actress and author, Mary Kennedy recalls that she found a copy of Sie Thao's poems in the original Chinese in a Shanghai bookshop. “From English renderings of these, and from other sources more recent, I have adapted the poems in this book.”
Marianne Moore wrote of this work, “Sie Thao: an ancient poet grieves and Nature's beauty is a language that the reader cannot resist. Only the translator can effect such magic ... a poet of Mary Kennedy's sensibility.” Lin Yutang wrote, “Translation of poetry is such a difficult thing. Many have tried, but I think you have got the quintessence of Chinese poetry by the fine feeling for English words.”
The book includes a small selection of original poems by Kennedy. Publication of this work was made possible by Kennedy’s grandson, Michael Cook.
Adapted from translations from Chinese, this is a collection of delicate and graceful poems by Sie Thao, who lived in the ninth century, that are alive to the joys of nature. Her name means Waving Grass. She wove herself and her songs into the hearts of lovers, and has been, in turn, woven by them into legends, legends that have been adopted by other countries.
Poet, playwright, actress and author, Mary Kennedy recalls that she found a copy of Sie Thao's poems in the original Chinese in a Shanghai bookshop. “From English renderings of these, and from other sources more recent, I have adapted the poems in this book.”
Marianne Moore wrote of this work, “Sie Thao: an ancient poet grieves and Nature's beauty is a language that the reader cannot resist. Only the translator can effect such magic ... a poet of Mary Kennedy's sensibility.” Lin Yutang wrote, “Translation of poetry is such a difficult thing. Many have tried, but I think you have got the quintessence of Chinese poetry by the fine feeling for English words.”
The book includes a small selection of original poems by Kennedy. Publication of this work was made possible by Kennedy’s grandson, Michael Cook.

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