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Book Giveaway: Bright Moon, White Clouds

Bright Moon, White Clouds
Bright Moon, White Clouds: Selected Poems of Li Po
Edited and translated by J. P. Seaton

Bottle in hand,
I climb out on this great rock.
Since Heaven and Earth began
it’s stood a thousand feet above the water.
I raise my cup and smile at the sky,
and the Heavens whirl until the sun shines out of the West!
I could sit here on this rock
forever! hanging my hook like the wise men of old.
At least I’ll send this to those who came before me here:
may the music I make, make harmony with yours.

Li Po’s timeless poetry about the pleasures of nature, wine, and the wandering life has spoken to readers and influenced famous poets around the world for the past twelve centuries. In this wild and intimate collection of his work, translated by J.P. Seaton, you’ll find poems which appear in English for the very first time. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy. This contest is closed. Congrats, Jonas! Thanks for your comments, everyone. Stay tuned for more giveaways.

15 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: Bright Moon, White Clouds

  1. The poems of Li Po are great. I was first introduced to them when studying Chinese art history. Unfortunately I don’t have him in my personal library so would love to win this!

  2. modern poetry from the eighth century ~ truly amazing and timeless. thank you jp seaton and shambala.

  3. My impression of Li Po’s poem after reading: Meditation is movement without movement; harmony is being in connection with one’s thoughts and the thoughts of others.

  4. Hi my name is Amy, I am a 26 year old & I have had many struggles in my short, little life since I was 8 months old. I have always been sick growing up with Asthma but the moment that changed it all was when I found out I had Scoliosis. My first surgery was the year my grandma passed away (which was a day after my 14th birthday). I have gone through 3 failed surgeries to fix my 80 degree curve (which by the way is supposed to be 0 degrees), well anyways, I have been down, depressed & through the ringer with me having added illnesses like a Pulmonary Embolism, Osteoarthritis…Etc. So I am trying to be positive in my recovery because my son (Caleb) means the world to me (well hes from my husbands prior marriage but he has no contact with her) so I am his Momma. Sorry for the sob story but I was trying to make a point of me turning a new leaf & joining the world again by reading some of your books. I took it as a sign because I had received your catalog by mail which I never ordered. So any who Thanks for yall’s time & have a lovely day.

  5. I would love to see more Li Po poems! For those that have not read Li Po, he is truly an inspired poet. Often the inspiration was wine (nature, too), but his poetry represents the majesty of language itself. He wrote during periods of civil war and rebellion, but managed to keep his wandering poet lifestyle throughout these times (He was arrested once as a traitor, but avoided the death penalty). He was called the “Banished Immortal” – a force of nature, who captured the beauty, sadness, and pain of existence in unwavering, powerful visual images and descriptions of nature. 1200 years later, and I am still inspired by his words. I look forward to the new translations!

  6. Li Po translated by Seaton? That’s great news!

    Financial crises before and behind,
    Drones overhead, rising waters below,
    What could possibly be more untimely then a book of crooked old poems translated from Chinese?

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