Kizer’s Summer Near the River

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Here Carolyn Kizer has appropriated themes from the Midnight Songs, (both a genre and anthology, “Tzu Yeh”) and also the Book of Songs anthology, both from the Classical Chinese tradition.  However her work is as fresh as the best direct translations of Classical Chinese poetry I have read.  (The Chinese and Japanese translations of Kenneth Rexroth I recommend wholeheartedly.)  Best to just read her poem instead of my prattling.

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