Seeking the Cave A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain
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- Edition: Reprint
- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 03/01/2016
- Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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When an independent bookseller discerns Lenfestey’s difficulties, and prescribes for a remedy the poems of a Chinese hermit named Han Shan, Lenfestey’s life is changed forever. After swallowing the poems like aspirin” for the next thirty years, a spirited embrace of this ancient poet called Cold Mountainthe poet he has come to see as a guiding light in his lifeprompts Lenfestey to travel to China on a pilgrim’s search for his cave. Along the way, this quest takes our author first to Tokyo, where he visits with the foremost translator and scholar of eastern poetry, Burton Watson, and from there across China, from the enormous chanting hall of ten thousand Buddhas in Bailin Temple to the birthplace of Confucius.
A singular combination of travel writing, memoir, translation, and poetry, Seeking the Cave is both deeply personal and universally illuminating. Uniting our brief literary life with the ancient richness of Chinese culture" (Robert Bly), this extraordinary book evokes the transformative power of poetry, and the way it breathes meaning into our lives.