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Sun at Midnight Poems and Letters

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ISBN-13: 9781556594397
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Description: "An undisputed master."—The New York TimesLong out of print, this reissue is the first translation into English of the work of Muso Soseki, the thirteenth-century Zen roshi and founder of the rock garden. A gorgeous introduction by co-translator  More...

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List price: $16.00
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 7/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

"An undisputed master."—The New York TimesLong out of print, this reissue is the first translation into English of the work of Muso Soseki, the thirteenth-century Zen roshi and founder of the rock garden. A gorgeous introduction by co-translator W.S. Merwin sets the stage for 130 poems and six letters to the Emperor that combine delicacy and lightness with penetrating plainness. Essential for poets, gardeners, and students of Zen.Toki-no-Ge (Satori Poem)Year after yearI dug in the earthlooking for the blue of heavenonly to feelthe pile of dirtchoking meuntil once in the dead of nightI tripped on a broken brickand kicked it into the airand saw that without a thoughtI had smashed the bonesof the empty skyBorn ten years after Dante Alighieric,Muso Sosekiwas the most famous Zen monk of his time, and is considered the father of the rock garden. Muso spent much of his early life practicing Zen in remote temples and hermitages. In spite of this isolation, his reputation grew, and he served as an advisor and teacher to several emperors, as well as to more than thirteen thousand students.W.S. Merwinis one of the world's foremost translators of poetry.Co-translatorSoiku Shigematsuis a Zen scholar, poet, and translator who serves as the abbot of Shogen-ji Temple in Shimizu, Japan.

Poet W. S. Merwin (William Stanley Merwin) was born on September 30, 1927 in New York City. He attended Princeton University. He has authored over fifteen books of poetry and some of those titles include "The River Sound" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), which was named a New York Times notable book of the year; "The Vixen" (1996), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; "The Carrier of Ladders" (1970), which won the Pulitzer Prize; and "A Mask for Janus" (1952), which was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Merwin won a second Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The Shadow of Sirius (published in 2008). He has also published books of translation, which include Dante's Purgatorio, numerous plays and books of prose. Some of Merwin's honors include the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Bollingen Prize, the Governor's Award for Literature of the State of Hawaii, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Translation Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the first Tanning Prize and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award. He also received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and a Ford Foundation Grant. He is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and received a five-year term as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Introduction
Wandering
A Lodging House in Town
Buddha's Satori
For Taihci Osho
Rinzan Osho Visits Me
"I'm not so deep in it"
Reply to Rinzan Osho
Thanks for Daisen Osho's Visit
"Chick feed is what I eat"
"Loud thunder"
Thanks Sent to Taihei Osho
From My Hut in Miura
"In these mountain villages and harbor towns"
"From the beginning"
"East of the strait"
"My thatched hut"
"All on my own I'm happy"
Heaven Peak
Gem Mountain
Another Summit
Bamboo Garden
To the Emperor's Messenger
Old Creek
Snow Valley
Dry Tree
Old Man in Retirement
Strange Peak
Poem on Dry Mountain (a Zen Garden)
At the Nachi Kannon Hail
Spring Cliff
Reply to Gen'no Osho's Poem
For the Death of a Monk
"Peoples abuse"
To Kengai Oshd of Engaku-ji
Moon Mountain
Free Old Man
Visiting My Old Hut in Late Spring
"On the blue waves"
Laughing Mountain
Inauguration of Fukusan Dormitory
Cloud Mountain
At Gen's Embarkation for Yuan China
At Kan's Embarkation for Yuan China
At Iku's Embarkation for Yuan China
Mourning for the Layman Named Cloud Peak
Patriarch Peaks
East Peak
Old Hut
Tengan Osho's Visit to Erin-ji
Living in the Mountains: Ten Poems
"In this small hut"
"Among rocks and valleys"
"Very high this mountain"
"All worries and troubles"
"A curtain of cloud hangs"
"Don't ask suspiciously"
"I wake from my noon nap"
"Green mountains"
"Time for a walk"
"With compassionate hands"
Pine Shade
Plum Window
Jewel Field
Truth Hall
No Precedent
Old Man To-The-Point
Old Man Advancing
Abiding Mountain
Snow Garden
One Hut
Moon Tree Cliff
Gem Creek
No-Word Hut
Old Mountain
No End Point
Lover of Mountains
Suzan Osho's Visit
Reply to Suzan Osho's Snow Poem
The Pure Sound Gate of the Riverside Temple
For Gen the New Head Priest of Erin-ji
For Myo's Departure for Anzen-ji
For Myd's Departure for Shofuku-ji
For Tetsu the New Head Priest of Erin-ji
For Sho the New Head Priest of Erin-ji
At Whole-World-In-View Hut
Ashikaga Tadayoshi's Palace
Climbing Down the Snowy Mountain
Snow at Rdhatsu Sesshin
It
Magnificent Peak
Reply to Bukko Zenji's Poem at Seiken-ji
Snow
Gem Forest
Withered Zen
The Fragrance of the Udumbara
House of Spring
No Gain
Seashore
For Ko Who Has Come Back from China
Ten Scenes in the Dragon of Heaven Temple
The Gate of Universal Light
Incomparable-Verse Valley
Hall of the Guardian God
Hui-neng's Pond
The Peak of the Held-Up Flower
The Bridge Where the Moon Crosses
Three-Step Waterfall
Cave of the Thousand Pines
Dragon-Gate House
Turtle Head Stupa
Tiger Valley
Toki-no-Ge (Satori Poem)
The Garden at the Generals Residence
Temple of Eternal Light
Mugoku Osho's Snow Poem
Suzan Osho's Visit to My West Mountain Hut
On the Wall of Cloud-Friend Hue
Digging Out the Buddha Relic
Reply to a Friends Poem
Ox Turned Loose
Clear Valley
Old Man at Leisure
Ancient Origin
Old Man of Few Words
Jewel Cliff
Joy Mountain
For a Monk Going West
Flat Mountain
Beyond the World
Beyond Light
Hut in Harmony
Lamenting the Civil War
Letters
West Mountain Evening Talk
On Gardens and the Way
Muso's Admonition
List of Names
Notes to the Poems
About the Translator

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