Best Chinese Poetry Books

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1. Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

Author: by Ursula K. Le Guin
Published at: Shambhala; Reissue edition (May 14, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1611807240

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A rich, poetic, and socially relevant version of the great spiritual and philosophical classic of Taoism, the Tao Te Chingfrom one of America’s leading literary figures In this landmark modern-day rendition of the ancient Taoist classic, Ursula K. Le Guin presents Lao Tzu’s time-honored and astonishingly powerful philosophy like never before.

Drawing on a lifetime of contemplation and including extensive personal commentary throughout, she offers an unparalleled window into the text’s awe-inspiring, immediately relatable teachings and their inestimable value for our troubled world. Jargon-free but still faithful to the poetic beauty of the original work, Le Guin’s unique translation is sure to be welcomed by longtime readers of the Tao Te Ching as well as those discovering the text for the first time.


2. P is for POOPs: A rhyming ABC children's book about POOPING animals

Author: by J. Heitsch
Published at: Independently published (March 26, 2020)
ISBN: 979-8630700230

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This is a book about POOP!Yes, POOP. It’s also about ABCs, rhymes, and animals – but it’s mostly about Poop, and making you and your loved ones laugh about POOP. Each letter stands for an animal and is accompanied by a rhyme, which are all short and stinky – much like POOP is stinky.

We hope you think this book STINKS in all the right ways. What are the right ways?I’m glad you asked! We’ve got POOPS which smell, splat, and zip, Poops that make a thunder, Poops that upset your nose and even ones without any drama!

This book is all about the unique ways animals poop. It’s fascinating, really!!! We’ve got animals from Australia, Africa, and even Madagascar! We’ve got animals from the east and animals from the west; animals from near and animals from far!

We’ve got animals which fly high in the sky and those that swim deep in the sea! We’ve even got a unicorn! Some animals are from rivers; some live in trees! Just buy the book and you – you will see; just buy the book – just buy it, please!


3. I Found It! a bilingual look and find book written in Traditional Chinese, Pinyin and English (Chinese Edition)

Author: by Katrina Liu
Published at: Katrina Liu (October 19, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1953281166

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I found it!Is a fun find and seek or look and find book with 12 engaging and colorful scenes. Learn new Chinese vocabulary through this interactive children’s book! Learning Chinese has never been so easy! Written in Traditional Chinese, Pinyin and English, this book includes 12 different scenes with the names of various objects as well as a thought-provoking question per scene.

A free audio reading in Mandarin is also provided for correct pronunciation. This engaging bilingual book is also separately available in Simplified Chinese with Pinyin and English. A fantastic Mandarin immersion resource for non-native speakers! Give your child the opportunity to become bilingual!

Research shows that learning a second language can boost problem-solving, critical thinking, listening skills, memory, concentration, ability to multitask, and even unlock more career opportunities. There are so many benefits when you start at a young age. All of Katrina Liu’s books are intended for non-native speakers and parents interested in fostering the development of dual-language with their children.


4. The Selected Poems of Tu Fu: Expanded and Newly Translated by David Hinton

Author: by Tu Fu
Published at: New Directions; Illustrated edition (February 25, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0811228381

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A deep and radically original exploration of Taoist and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhist wisdom through the lens of the life and work of Tu Fu, widely considered China’s greatest classical poet. What is consciousness but the Cosmos awakened to itself? This question is fundamental to the Taoist and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhist worldview that shapes classical Chinese poetry.

A uniquely conceived biography, Awakened Cosmos illuminates that worldview through the life and work of Tu Fu (712-770 C.E., China’s greatest classical poet. Tu Fu’s writing traces his life from periods of relative normalcy to years spent as an impoverished refugee amid the devastation of civil war.

Exploring key poems to guide the reader through Tu Fu’s dramatic life, Awakened Cosmos reveals Taoist/Ch’an insight deeply lived across the full range of human experience. Each chapter presents a poem in three stages: first, the original Chinese; then, an English translation in Hinton’s masterful style; and finally, a lyrical essay that discusses the untranslatable philosophical dimensions of the poem.


6. The Four Chinese Classics: Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, Analects, Mencius

Author: by David Hinton
Published at: Counterpoint; Translation edition (December 13, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1619028340

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The books collected in this volume represent the first time since the midnineteenth century that the four seminal masterworks of ancient Chinese thought have been translated as a unified series by a single translator. Hinton’s awardwinning experience translating a wide range of ancient Chinese poets makes these books sing in English as never before.

But these new versions are not only inviting and immensely readable, they also apply muchneeded consistency to key philosophical terms in these texts, lending structural links and philosophical rigor heretofore unavailable in English. Breathing new life into these originary classics, Hinton’s new translations will stand as the definitive texts for our era.

Perhaps the most broadly influential spiritual text in human history, Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching is the source of Taoist philosophy, which eventually developed into Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism. Equally influential in the social sphere, Confucious’ Analects is the source of social wisdom in China.


7. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America)

Author: by Chen Chen
Published at: BOA Editions Ltd. (April 11, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1942683339

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In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family-the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes-all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.

In the HospitalMy mother was in the hospital & everyone wanted to be my friend. But I was busy making a list: good dog, bad citizen, shortskeleton, tall mocha.Typical Tuesday. My mother was in the hospital & no one wanted to be her friend.

Everyone wanted to be soft cooing sympathies. Very reasonablepigeons. No one had the time & our solution to itwas to buy shinier watches. We were enamored withwhat our wrists could declare. My mother was in the hospital& I didn’t want to be her friend.Typical son.

Tall latte, short tale,bad plot, great wifi in the atypical caf. My mother was in the hospital& she didn’t want to be her friend. She wanted to be the familygrocery list. Low-fat yogurt, firm tofu. She didn’t trust my fatherto be it.


8. Classical Chinese for Everyone: A Guide for Absolute Beginners (English and Chinese Edition)

Author: by Bryan W. Van Norden
Published at: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; Bilingual edition (October 2, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1624668210

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In just thirteen brief, accessible chapters, this engaging little book takes “absolute beginners” from the most basic questions about the language (e.G., what does a classical Chinese character look like? To reading and understanding selections from classical Chinese philosophical texts and Tang dynasty poetry.

“An outstanding introduction to reading classical Chinese. Van Norden does a wonderful job of clearly explaining the basics of classical Chinese, and he carefully takes the reader through beautifully chosen examples from the textual tradition. An invaluable work.” Michael Puett, Harvard University


9. A Treatise on Stars

Author: by Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge
Published at: New Directions; 1st edition (February 25, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0811229388

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An ethereal new collection that is visceral with intellection (David Lau)Winner of the Bollingen Prize Finalist for the National Book AwardA Treatise on Stars extends Mei-mei Berssenbrugge’s intensely phenomenological poetics to the fiery bodies in a field of heavenoutside spacetime.

Long, lyrical lines map a geography of interconnected, interdimensional intelligence that exists in all places and sentient beings. These are poems of deep listening and patient waiting, open to the cosmic loom, the channeling of daily experience and conversation, gestalt and angels, dolphins and a star-visitor beneath a tree.

Family, too, becomes a type of constellation, a thought a form of organized light. All of our sense are activated by Berssenbrugge’s radiant lines, giving us a poetry of keen perception grounded in the physical world, where days fill with splendor, and earth offers its pristine beauty to an expanding present.

10. I Ching: The Book of Change: A New Translation

Author: by David Hinton
Published at: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (May 9, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0374536428

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A master translator’s beautiful and accessible rendering of the seminal Chinese textIn a radically new translation and interpretation of the I Ching, David Hinton strips this ancient Chinese masterwork of the usual apparatus and discovers a deeply poetic and philosophical text.

Teasing out an elegant vision of the cosmos as ever-changing yet harmonious, Hinton reveals the seed from which Chinese philosophy, poetry, and painting grew. Although it was and is widely used for divination, the I Ching is also a book of poetic philosophy, deeply valued by artists and intellectuals, and Hinton’s translation restores it to its original lyrical form.

Previous translations have rendered the I Ching as a divination text full of arcane language and extensive commentary. Though informative, these versions rarely hint at the work’s philosophical heart, let alone its literary beauty. Here, Hinton translates only the original stratum of the text, revealing a fully formed work of literature in its own right.

11. The Book of Songs: The Ancient Chinese Classic of Poetry

Author: by Arthur Waley
Published at: Grove Press; Subsequent edition (September 13, 1996)
ISBN: 978-0802134776

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One of the five Confucian classics, The Book of Songs (Shijing) is the oldest collection of poetry in world literature and the finest treasure of traditional songs left from antiquity. Where the other Confucian classics treat outward things: deeds, moral precepts, the way the world works, as Stephen Owen tells us in his foreword, The Book of Songs is the classic of the human heart and the human mind.

12. Mina's Scavenger Hunt (Bilingual Chinese with Pinyin and English – Traditional Chinese Version): A Dual Language Children's Book (Chinese Edition)

Author: by Katrina Liu
Published at: Katrina Liu (September 24, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1733967174

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With a list on one hand and her puppy, Musubi, by her side, Mina plays an exciting game of scavenger hunt! They have lots of fun using clues to discover and collect treasures! Your child will love this adorable story while learning everyday dialog and common adjectives in Chinese.

This fun interactive story is written for children ages 2 to 6 in Traditional Chinese with a free audio reading in Mandarin. A Simplified Chinese version is also separately available. A fantastic Mandarin immersion resource for non-native speakers! Give your child the opportunity to become bilingual!

Research shows that learning a second language can boost problem-solving, critical thinking, listening skills, memory, concentration, ability to multitask, and even unlock more career opportunities. There are so many benefits when you start at a young age. All of Katrina Liu’s books are intended for non-native speakers and parents interested in fostering the development of dual-language with their children.

13. No-Gate Gateway: The Original Wu-Men Kuan

Author: by David Hinton
Published at: Shambhala (February 27, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1611804379

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A new translation of one of the great koan collections-by the premier translator of the Chinese classics-that reveals it to be a literary and philosophical masterwork beyond its association with Chan/Zen. A monk asked: A dog too has Buddha-nature, no?

And with the master’s enigmatic one-word response begins the great No-Gate Gateway (Wu-Men Kuan), ancient China’s classic foray into the inexpressible nature of mind and reality. For nearly eight hundred years, this text (also known by its Japanese name, Mumonkan) has been the most widely used koan collection in Zen Buddhismand with its comic storytelling and wild poetry, it is also a remarkably compelling literary masterwork.

In his radical new translation, David Hinton places this classic for the first time in the philosophical framework of its native China, in doing so revealing a new way of understanding Zenin which generic Zen perplexity is transformed into a more approachable and earthy mystery.

With the poetic abilities he has honed in his many translations, Hinton brilliantly conveys the book’s literary power, making it an irresistible reading experience capable of surprising readers into a sudden awakening that is beyond logic and explanation.

14. Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei

Author: by Eliot Weinberger
Published at: New Directions; Reprint edition (October 11, 2016)
ISBN: 978-0811226202

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A new expanded edition of the classic study of translation, finally back in print The difficulty (and necessity) of translation is concisely described in Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei, a close reading of different translations of a single poem from the Tang Dynastyfrom a transliteration to Kenneth Rexroth’s loose interpretation.

As Octavio Paz writes in the afterword, Eliot Weinberger’s commentary on the successive translations of Wang Wei’s little poem illustrates, with succinct clarity, not only the evolution of the art of translation in the modern period but at the same time the changes in poetic sensibility.

15. The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (Mandarin Chinese and English Edition)

Author: by Cold Mountain (Han Shan)
Published at: Copper Canyon Press; Revised and Expanded ed. edition (June 1, 2000)
ISBN: 978-1556591402

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A Zen-Taoist poetry classic, in a handsome Chinese-English formatThis definitive translation of Han Shan’s poetry appears in a bilingual Chinese-English format. Included are extensive notes, a preface by renowned translator Red Pine, a findings list, and photographs of the cave and surrounding area where Han Shan (Cold Mountain) lived.

Cold Mountain is one of the most revered poets in China. He was a Taoist/Buddhist hermit who begged for food at temples, often sang and drank with cowherds, and became an immortal figure in the history of Chinese literature and Zen.

His poems were written twelve-hundred years ago on the rocks, trees, and temple walls of China’s Tientai Mountains. This revised edition also includes poems by Han Shan’s colleagues, Pickup (Shih-te) and Big Stick (Feng-kan), translated here for the first time.

As Red Pine begins his Preface, If China’s literary critics were put in charge of organizing a tea for their country’s greatest poets of the past, Cold Mountain would not be on many invitation lists. Yet no other poet occupies the altars of China’s temples and shines, where his statue often stands alongside immortals and bodhisattvas.

16. Poems of the Masters: China's Classic Anthology of T'ang and Sung Dynasty Verse (Mandarin Chinese and English Edition)

Author: by Red Pine
Published at: Copper Canyon Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2003)
ISBN: 978-1556591952

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The classic Chinese poetry anthology in a handsome English-Chinese format. Poetry is China’s greatest art, and for the past eight centuries Poems of the Masters has been that country’s most studied and memorized collection of verse. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine.

Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of China’s celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu. Poems of the Masters was compiled during the Sung dynasty (9601278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understanding.

As Red Pine writes in his introduction: “Nothing was significant without a poem, no social or ritual occasion, no political or personal event was considered complete without a few well-chosen words that summarized the complexities of the Chinese vision of reality and linked that vision with the beat of their hearts …