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‘The Borderland’ by Rabindranath Tagore

8 One by one the lamps on the stage blow out, The meeting place empties, and a dark stain Blots out my dream-images like deep sleep, Hushes my mind like a raised forefinger.  The guise In which I have all … Continue reading

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Some poems by Wang Wei

This poem is by Saigyo, the Japanese medieval poet extraordinaire:  michinobe ni shimizu nagaruru yanagi kage shibashi tate koso tachidomaritsu Stopping off, Next to a quietly flowing stream In the willow’s shade. I said, ‘Just a while’ Stopping, standing there … Continue reading

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River Song, Night in the Tower

River Song by Li Bai Magnolia oars; a spice-wood sea boat Jade flutes and gold pipes; from end to end Gorgeous wine in bottles, a thousand pecks Carrying dancing-girls; following waves: going, staying… The Immortal Man        waits  … Continue reading

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The Brocade Zither

The Brocade Zither by Li Shangyin The 50-stringed zither has a sound too baffling to comprehend and this Has no reason. For each string, a bridge, each bridge, a resonance – ah!  How I long for the flowering years. When… … Continue reading

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