Desert: Poems (Paperback)

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David Hinton will read from Desert at Bear Pond Books on Tuesday, September 4th at 7pm, with Jody Gladding, who will read from her new book, the spiders      my arms.


The first collection of original poetry by the renowned nature writer and highly lauded translator of the Chinese classics.

Traveling today I
found a river
somewhere inside
me, wondered

how far it
wanders there

and how much
sky it
mirrors. All day
long, wind and desert

light, I
followed that river's
distances . . .

Weaving mind and landscape together in meditations on sky and wind, ridgeline and horizon, existence and self, Desert marks David Hinton's first collection of original poetry in over a decade. Hinton's poetic art has long shined brilliantly through his widely acclaimed Chinese translations--and here speaks for itself in his contemporary voice as he turns his attention to the transcendent landscape of the American West. Updating the philosophical insights of ancient China that Hinton has explored so deeply, these poems bring the wonder and ancient mystery of the desert landscape to light. Hinton demonstrated in The Wilds of Poetry how those ancient Chinese insights shaped the innovative American poetry of our time, and here he extends that tradition in poems that are spare and spacious, as vast and open as the desert itself.

About the Author

DAVID HINTON is one of the most lauded modern translators of Chinese poetry and of the Chinese philosophical classics. He has won numerous awards for his translations, and has published more than eighteen books, among them translations of the Tao Te Ching, the Chuang Tzu, the poems of Li Po, and his monumental Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology. Apart from his translations, he is the author of Hunger Mountain, Existence: A Story, and The Wilds of Poetry.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611805932
ISBN-10: 1611805937
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Pages: 144
Language: English