Han Shan - Encounters with Cold Mountain Translated by Peter Stambler - AUDIENCE
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Encounters with Cold Mountain - Poems by Han Shan
Translated by Peter Stambler
Beijing, Panda Books, Chinese Literature Press, 1996
From my perch on Cold Mountain I have much
The world demurs, believing nothing.
For them, the tongue was made for honey,
Not the bitter oak - soul's balm - I peddle.
Drifting downstream delights the simple mind;
I send them up the narrows to the source.
They carve themselves from wood, someone pulls the strings.
And they fall exhausted from their single dance.