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from ARTSforum — a review of The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-Jan

The ancient landscape poetry has an exemplar in The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-jan, in a new edition by acclaimed translator David Hinton (Archipelago Books, 2004). There’s a gentle lyricism to Meng’s words, a pleasing oneness with rivers and mountains that transcends the centuries: “I guide the boat in, anchor off the island mist. / It’s dusk, time a traveler’s loneliness returns.”

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