Contemporary / Calligraphy

Su Shi, also known as Su Tung-p'o

Posted On: Mar 2, 2021   |   Posted By: Chez Namaste Nancy

Su Shi, also known as Su Tung-p'o

Calligraphy by Su Tung-p'o It's Boxing Day and the first day of Kwanza but this poet's delicate melancholy spoke to me. The year that is passing, not quickly enough, brought tragedy, challenges and, for many of us, the horror of an administration that was corrupt as that of any in the world. It's not over yet and who knows what horrors await us but in the mean time, appreciate this poet who lived through times of adversity and triumph. His delicate melancholy spoke to me
"Su Shi lived in China over 900 years ago during the Sung Dynasty, yet the poems in this collection feel strikingly fresh and contemporary. Burton Watson's sympathetic translations wonderfully capture the spirit of this humble poet and civil servant whose strength and compassion remained constant through times of both prosperity and adversity. Some of the poems' recurrent themes include the passage of time as revealed by seasonal change, nights of drinking and conviviality, visits to area temples, and journeys up...

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