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Sam Hamill: “Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain” by Li Po

The birds have vanished down the sky.
Now the last cloud drains away.

We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.

From Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese published by Tiger Bark Press. Copyright 2013 Sam Hamill. Used by permission of Sam Hamill.

Li Po (701 – 762), also known as Li Bai, and his friend Du Fu (712–770) were the two most prominent figures in the flourishing of Chinese poetry in the Tang Dynasty, often called the “Golden Age of China”.  Around a thousand poems attributed to him are extant.


Li Bai In Stroll, by Liang K’ai (1140–1210)

4 comments on “Sam Hamill: “Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain” by Li Po

  1. yobs218
    March 8, 2017

    I have this book. It is old and held together with tape and a rubber band.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Judy Glasel
    August 2, 2016

    I love the poem.
    I did not see anything about the translation/translator.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pingback: Chinese poetry, for the weekend… – glencarrig

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