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This is Li Bo. You may also know him as Li Po 李白 (701–62), the great poet of Tang China, master of swoop and soar, wanderer, man of wine, so enamored of the moon that he tried to embrace her reflection in the river, fell from his boat and drowned. Favorite of the Emperor—but only for a while, as such energies cannot be long contained at Court. Li Bo Unkempt presents seventy of his verses, a few letters, some rhapsodies and songs. They dance all through Tang high culture, inhabited by planets, hermit women, swashbucklers, grottos, calligraphers and buffoons, Li Bo’s friends, lovers and alter egos. He’s too shy, too quick to make introductions, but this volume allows us to hear the poetry's stories, their temperaments, to glimpse their secret economies of exchange. The book also offers background material, brief essays, a kind of Lonely Planet™ guidebook to this extraordinary realm. This way the strange will become familiar, and only then can we appreciate how truly strange it is. The authors and translators regard these poems as magical acts. What is offered, then, in this volume, are multiple ways to realize that magic. The essays are demonstrations, a spell-book, an extension of this non-ordinary knowing. Things too delicate to be said directly. So the book proceeds by analogy, by juxtaposition, latency, innuendo, jump cuts, dialetheia and flirt. All this a way to understand a deeper claim: that Li Bo is an immortal. And what might that be...?

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Copyright, Title Page
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. I. Li Bo
  1. 1. Li Bo
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  1. 2. Li Bo
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  1. 3. "There’s a Cup of Wine in Front of Us”
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  1. 4. “Spoken Spontaneously”
  2. p. 22
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  1. 5. “Seeing Off Li Qing on His Return to Huayang River”
  2. p. 23
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  1. 6. Li Bo (701–762)
  2. pp. 24-26
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  1. II. Wine
  1. 7. “Under the Moon”
  2. pp. 27-31
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  1. 8. “Bring on That Wine”
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. 9. “On a Spring Day”
  2. p. 34
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  1. 10. “Face-to-face with Wine”
  2. pp. 34-36
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  1. An Interlude
  1. 11. “Presented to Chief Administrator Chu of Liyang on the Occasion That This Gentleman Danced Like a Young Child”
  2. pp. 37-41
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  1. 12. Big Words
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. 13. “The Hard Road to Shu”
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  1. 14. “Lines of a Short Song”
  2. pp. 48-51
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  1. 15. “A Rhapsody Lamenting Last Remnants of the Spring”
  2. pp. 52-54
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  1. III. Center of Everything
  1. 16. Night Music
  2. pp. 55-65
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  1. 17. Commissioner He Zhizhang
  2. pp. 66-68
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  1. 18. Writing Brushes
  2. p. 69
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  1. 19. The Marriage of a Court Woman
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  1. An Interlude
  1. 20. In a Boat
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. 21. A Letter to the Governor
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. 22. La matière de Li Bo: An Epistemology
  2. pp. 77-84
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  1. 23. “Lines on the Flying Dragon”
  2. pp. 85-87
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  1. 24. The Moister South
  2. pp. 88-90
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  1. IV. Five Mountains
  1. 25. Tai, Sacred Mountain of the East
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  1. 26. Heng, Sacred Mountain of the South
  2. pp. 104-108
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  1. 27. Hua, Sacred Mountain of the West
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. 28. “Linked Verse on Changing the Name of Nine Sons Mountain to Nine Flowers Mountain”
  2. pp. 113-115
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  1. 29. Mount Lu
  2. pp. 116-120
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  1. An Interlude
  1. 30. Jade Woman Hotspring
  2. pp. 121-125
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  1. 31. The Grotto-Heaven
  2. pp. 126-131
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  1. 32. Writing on a Baby
  2. pp. 132-133
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  1. 33. “Climbing to the Peak of Great White”
  2. pp. 134-136
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  1. 34. A Horse
  2. pp. 137-140
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  1. V. Five Daoists
  1. 35. The God Laozi
  2. pp. 141-145
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  1. 36. A Patriarch
  2. pp. 146-148
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  1. 37. A Hermit
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. 38. A Princess
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. 39. A Companion
  2. pp. 155-157
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  1. 39. Zhuangzi
  2. pp. 158-160
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  1. An Interlude
  1. 40. Climbing Yang Terrace
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. 41. Du Fu
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. 42. Brush Washing Spring
  2. p. 169
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  1. 43. Jewel Stairs
  2. pp. 170-172
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  1. 44. “Seeing Off Meng Haoran”
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. VI. Violent Death
  1. 45. Ci Fei Beheads Two Dragons
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. 46. “Song of the Roving Swordsman”
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. 47. Li Yong (678–747)
  2. pp. 185-187
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  1. 48. The Yunnan War
  2. pp. 188-194
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  1. 49. “In Imitation of the Ancients”
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. An Interlude
  1. 50. “Tea Called ‘Palm of the Immortal,’ with a Preface”
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. 51. “Woman on the Silk-washing Rock”
  2. p. 201
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  1. 52. “Lotus Picking Song”
  2. pp. 202-203
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  1. 53. “For Revenue Manager Lu”
  2. pp. 204-205
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  1. 54. Drunk Rock
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  1. VIIa. The Rebellion, a History
  2. pp. 207-234
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  1. VIIb. The Rebellion, the Bright Emperor
  1. 55. “Distant Parting”
  2. pp. 235-241
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  1. 56. “The Hard Road to Shu,” Reprise
  2. pp. 242-245
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  1. 57. The Return to Chang’an
  2. pp. 246-248
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  1. VIIc. The Rebellion, Li Bo
  1. 58. Climbing Flower Mountain
  2. pp. 249-251
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  1. 59. The Wall-eyed Prince
  2. pp. 252-254
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  1. 60. “In Prison, Submitted to Chief Minister Cui Huan”
  2. p. 255
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  1. 61. God of Nine Rivers
  2. pp. 256-258
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  1. An Interlude
  1. 62. “Dreaming of Roaming Tianmu, the Mountain of the Old Lady of Heaven, a Song Left at Parting”
  2. pp. 259-265
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  1. 63. “Mystery”
  2. pp. 265-270
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  1. 64. Alchemy
  2. pp. 271-279
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  1. 65. “Praise on a Painting of the Monk Baozhi”
  2. pp. 280-284
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  1. 66. Wild Cursive Script
  2. pp. 285-292
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  1. VIII. A Banished Immortal
  1. 67. A Plumper Li Bo of Yore
  2. pp. 293-297
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  1. 68. “Who Am I?”
  2. pp. 298-301
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  1. 69. “Given in Parting“
  2. pp. 302-304
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  1. A Postlude
  1. 70. “3 and 5 and 7 Words”
  2. pp. 305-306
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  1. 71. Method
  2. p. 307
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  1. 72. An Apology
  2. p. 308
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  1. Our Gratitude
  2. pp. 309-310
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  1. Afterwords
  1. Afterword
  2. Traktung Yeshe Dorje
  3. pp. 311-314
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  1. Afterword
  2. Maria Dolgenas
  3. pp. 315-316
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  1. Bibliographies
  1. Primary Chinese Works from before 1100 CE
  2. pp. 317-320
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  1. Secondary Works
  2. pp. 321-344
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 345-348
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 349-500
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781953035424
Related ISBN(s)
9781953035417
MARC Record
OCLC
1250469915
Pages
500
Launched on MUSE
2021-05-15
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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