Merwin, William Stanley;
East window: the Asian translations
Copper Canyon Press, 1998, 337 pages
ISBN 1556590911, 9781556590917
topics: | poetry | india | china | japan | translation | anthology
I bought this volume thinking it contains his complete translations of Far Eastern and Indian poetry, but it is a selection. After a number of Merwin's translations, most of the volume is devoted to a translation of the work of Muso Soseki.
I throw the line in from this little island. The water is clear and my heart is protected. The fish pass under the trees of the lake. Along the promontory monkeys swing on the vines. The wandering beauty of former days took off her necklace In these mountains, the legend says. I look for her but I have not found her. The songs of the rowers lose the way to the moon.
I wake and my bed is gleaming with moonlight Frozen into the dazzling whiteness I look up To the moon herself And lie thinking of home
trans. with J. Moussaieff Masson Even the man who is happy glimpses something or a hair of sound touches him and his heart overflows with a longing he does not recognize then it must be that he is remembering in a place out of reach shapes he has loved in a life before this the print of them still there in him waiting
trans. with J. Moussaieff Masson I like sleeping with somebody different often it's nicest when my husband is in a foreign country, and there's rain in the streets at night and wind and nobody
A poet should learn with his eyes the forms of leaves he should know how to make people laugh when they are together he should get to see what they are really like he should know about oceans and mountains in themselves and the sun and the moon and the stars his mind should enter into the seasons he should go among many people in many places and learn their languages
trans. with J. Moussaieff Masson Hiding in the cucumber garden simple country girl shivers with desire her lover on a low cot lies tired with love she melts into his body with joy his neck tight in her arms one of her feet flicking a necklace of seashells hanging on a vine on the fence rattles them to scare off foxes there in the dark
autumn glass sky horses fattening bird flies up where your foot was going skin in the morning bone by nightfall to the winners the losers were rebels p. 124 pleasure flower pain seed while folly parades wisdom stands aside. whole place no bigger than a cat's forehead p.125 she changes like a cat's eyes the news wakes you like water poured into your ear p.126 get there first and then argue 127 seed hardly spouted you know it's sandalwood eat first poetry later get three women together that's noise 128 death collects all the tongues worm gets at lion from inside save me from a small mind when it's got nothing to do p.129 one god goes but another comes travelers get away with anything jelly in a vise p.130 ask ashamed for a minute dont ask dont know ashamed forever as like as clouds and mud kills an ox trying to straighten its horns 131 marry your own size praying to a horse's ears if it's good hurry 132 its hard to dismount from a tiger p.134 Chinese proverb: 骑虎难下 qí hǔ nán xià Chase two hares, both get away. Korean figures p.96 Moonlight falls on piled fruit this grief is like no one else's there are crowds all the time but I am alone Malay figures p.143
Liu Ch'e : "Oh the sound of her silk sleeves" 15 Meng Hao-Jan : The Lake of the Ten Thousand Mountains 16 Li Po : Quiet Night Thoughts 17 Niu Hsi Chi : "Where the mist has torn" 18 Tu Fu : Autumn Night 19 Van Hanh : The Body of Man 20 Man Giac : Rebirth 21 Khong Lo : The Ideal Retreat 22 Ngo Chi Lan : Autumn 23 Ngo Chi Lan : Winter 24 A Woodcutter on His Way Home 25 The Substituted Poem of Laureate Quynh 26 Tran Te Xuong : Women 27 Daio : "I have had a companion on the road" 28 Muso Soseki : "For years I dug in the earth" 29 Takushitsu : "A breeze strokes the water of the spring" 30 Kalidasa : "Even the man who is happy" 31 Cosmology 32 Anonymous : "I like sleeping with somebody" 33 "Between his hands" 34 "Water pouring from clouds" 35 Kshemendra : from Kavikanthabharana 36 Anonymous : "Hiding in the cucumber garden" 37 "My husband before leaving" 38 "A long time back" 39 Rumi : "That moon which the sky never saw" 40 Rumi : "When the heart bursts into flame" 42 Rumi : "Wise teacher tell me" 45 Rumi : "Love you alone have been with us" 47 Rumi : "If you're not going to sleep" 49 Tatar Songs 51 Yunus Emre : "The whole universe is full of God" 53 Mirza Ghalib : Ghazal V 54 Mirza Ghalib : Ghazal XII 55 Mirza Ghalib : Ghazal XV 56 Mirza Ghalib : Ghazal XXI 57 Mirza Ghalib : Ghazal XXV 59 Mirza Ghalib : Ghazal XXXIV 60
Korean Figures 67 Burmese Figures 99 Japanese Figures I 104 Philippine Figures 118 Japanese Figures II 124 Chinese Figures I 133 Malay Figures 141 Chinese Figures II 148 Lao Figures 160 Chinese Figures III 161 --Sun at Midnight: Poems by Muso Soseki Introduction to Muso 167 Wandering 185 A Lodging House in Town 186 Buddha's Satori 187 For Taihei Osho 188 Reizan Osho Visits Me 189 "I'm not so deep in it" 190 Reply to Reizan Osho 191 Thanks for Daisen Osho's Visit 192 "Chick feed is what I eat" 193 "Loud thunder" 194 Thanks Sent to Taihei Osho 195 From My Hut in Miura 196 "In these mountain villages and harbor towns" 197 "From the beginning" 198 "East of the strait" 199 "My thatched hut" 200 "All on my own I'm happy" 201 Heaven Peak 202 Gem Mountain 203 Another Summit 204 Bamboo Garden 205 To the Emperor's Messenger 206 Old Creek 207 Snow Valley 208 Dry Tree 209 Old Man in Retirement 210 Strange Peak 211 Poem on Dry Mountain (A Zen Garden) 212 At the Nachi Kannon Hall 213 Spring Cliff 214 Reply to Gen'no Osho's Poem 215 For the Death of a Monk 216 "People's abuse" 217 To Kengai Osho of Engaku-ji 218 Moon Mountain 219 Free Old Man 220 Visiting My Old Hut in Late Spring 221 "On the blue waves" 222 Laughing Mountain 223 Inauguration of Fukusan Dormitory 224 Cloud Mountain 225 At Gen's Embarkation for Yuan China 226 At Kan's Embarkation for Yuan China 227 At Iku's Embarkation for Yuan China 228 Mourning for the Layman Named Cloud Peak 229 Patriarch Peaks 230 East Peak 231 Old Hut 232 Tengan Osho's Visit to Erin-ji 233 "In this small hut" 237 "Among rocks and valleys" 238 "Very high this mountain" 239 "All worries and troubles" 240 "A curtain of cloud hangs" 241 "Don't ask suspiciously" 242 "I wake from my noon nap" 243 "Green mountains" 244 "Time for a walk" 245 "With compassionate hands" 246 Pine Shade 249 Plum Window 250 Jewel Field 251 Truth Hall 252 No Precedent 253 Old Man To-The-Point 254 Old Man Advancing 255 Abiding Mountain 256 Snow Garden 257 One Hut 258 Moon Tree Cliff 259 Gem Creek 260 No-Word Hut 261 Old Mountain 262 No End Point 263 Lover of Mountains 264 Suzan Osho's Visit 265 Reply to Suzan Osho's Snow Poem 266 The Pure Sound Pavilion of the Riverside Temple 267 For Gen the New Head Priest of Erin-ji 268 For Myo's Departure for Anzen-ji 269 For Myo's Departure for Shofuku-ji 270 For Tetsu the New Head Priest of Erin-ji 271 For Sho the New Head Priest of Erin-ji 272 At Whole-World-In-View Hut 273 Ashikaga Tadayoshi's Palace 274 Climbing Down the Snowy Mountain 275 Snow at Rohatsu Sesshin 276 It 277 Magnificent Peak 278 Reply to Bukko Zenji's Poem at Seiken-ji 279 Snow 280 Gem Forest 281 Withered Zen 282 The Fragrance of the Udumbara 283 House of Spring 284 No Gain 285 By the Sea 286 For Ko Who Has Come Back from China 287 Ten scenes in the dragon of heaven temple The Gate of Universal Light 291 Incomparable-Verse Valley 292 Hall of the Guardian God 293 Hui-neng's Pond 294 The Peak of the Held-Up Flower 295 The Bridge Where the Moon Crosses 296 Three-Step Waterfall 297 Cave of the Thousand Pines 298 Dragon-Gate House 299 Turtle Head Stupa 300 Tiger Valley 303 Toki-no-Ge (Satori Poem) 304 The Garden at the General's Residence 305 Temple of Eternal Light 306 Mugoku Osho's Snow Poem 307 Suzan Osho's Visit to My West Mountain Hut 308 On the Wall of Cloud-Friend Hut 309 Digging Out the Buddha Relic 310 Reply to a Friend's Poem 311 Ox Turned Loose 312 Clear Valley 313 Old Man at Leisure 314 Ancient Origin 315 Old Man of Few Words 316 Jewel Cliff 317 Joy Mountain 318 For a Monk Going West 319 Flat Mountain 320 Beyond the World 321 Beyond Light 322 Hut in Harmony 323 Lamenting the Civil War 324 Notes to Muso's Poems 325 List of Names in Muso's Poems 331 About the Author 337
Not in this volume, but trans. W. S. Merwin & Moussaieff Masson He who stole my virginity is the same man I am married to and these are the same spring nights and this is the same moment of the jasmines opening with winds just coming of age carrying the scent of its flowers mingled with pollen from Kadamba trees to wake desire in its nakedness I am no different yet I long with my heart for the delicate love-making back there under the dense cane trees by the bank of the river Narmada in the Vindhya mountains attrib. ShilabhaTTArikA, woman poet 500- 1000 CE online at http://10000besides.com/mindfreak/3450/he-who-stole-my-virginity/ ---bio W.S. Merwin is one of America's leading poets. His prizes include the 2005 National Book Award for his collected poems, Migration, the Pulitzer Prize, the Stevens Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lannan Foundation. He is the author of dozens of books of poetry and translations. He lives in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered palm trees.
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