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Seeking the cave : a pilgrimage to Cold Mountain

Author: James P Lenfestey
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In this transformative book, award-winning poet and essayist James Lenfestey makes an epic journey across the world to find the Cold Mountain Cave, a location long believed to exist only in myths and the ancient home of his idol, Han Shan, author of the Cold Mountain poems. Lenfestey's voyage takes him from the Midwestern United States to Tokyo to a road trip across the expanse of China with frequent excursions to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: James P Lenfestey
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James P Lenfestey
ISBN: 9781571313461 157131346X
OCLC Number: 878667288
Awards: Commended for Minnesota Book Award (Memoir) 2015
Description: xx, 217 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: CONTENTS PREFACE: Han-Shan Haibun PROLOGUE: My Own Private China BOOK I FINDING THE PATH On the Road Between Two Hurricanes Encounter with the Arch-Translator Passage to More than Kyoto Kyoto Koan Rendezvous at Narita Beijing: The Biggest Bell in the World In Xanadu Did Genghis Khan Jia Dao and the Riddle of Sound and Sense BOOK I I FROM BUDDHIST TEMPLES TO SOARING CRANES Buddhists for the Night Breakfast with Confucius Speedways, Corn Roads, and Apple Lanes Ordinary and Extraordinary Graves Du Fu's Sorrow Bai Juyi's "Idle Droning" What the Old Master Wrote The Soaring Cranes of Xi'an Road to Heaven First Adventure in Hermit Hunting An Evening with Dr. Hu Turtles All the Way Down BOOK I I I SLEEPLESS DREAMS TO DREAMLESS SLEEP Give It Its True Name Moon Music Drinking Wine with Li Bai Two Depressing Poems in Wuhu Beginning-to-Believe Peak The Floating World of Poet-Engineers "Six" and the Single Traveler Cold Mountain: Whose Story Is It? The Hermit of Cold Mountain "The Birds and Their Chatter" The Nun's Priest's Tale One New God Meanwhile, Back in the Ka-ching EPILOGUE: Christmas Morning POSTSCRIPT: Finding My Own True Name APPENDIX : Coda; Endnotes; Permissions, List of Sources
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"In this transformative book, award-winning poet and essayist James Lenfestey makes an epic journey across the world to find the Cold Mountain Cave, a location long believed to exist only in myths and the ancient home of his idol, Han Shan, author of the Cold Mountain poems. Lenfestey's voyage takes him from the Midwestern United States to Tokyo to a road trip across the expanse of China with frequent excursions to the country's rich historical and cultural landmarks. As he makes his way to the cave, Lenfestey learns more than history or geography; he discovers his identity as a writer and a poet. Interspersed with poems by both the author and Han Shan, Seeking the Cave will appeal to lovers of poetry and travel narrative alike."--

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