Saturday, March 31, 2012

April is National Poetry Month


White birds over the gray river.
Scarlet flowers on the green hills.
I watch the Spring go by and wonder
If I shall ever return home.

This poem is by the Chinese poet Tu Fu, (713-770)

It is from an anthology edited and annotated by Czeslaw Milosz. The anthology contains many poems by Tu Fu and by other Chinese poets too -- as well as poets from many other countries and times, including many living poets. Aside from those anthologies meant to survey poetry from an historical point of view, this is the most varied and broad ranging anthology I've ever read. The title is A Book of Luminous Things, an International Anthology of Poetry.

National Poetry month begins tomorrow, this is a preview. I've been reading a lot of poetry lately, I have a lot to share.

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