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from the July 2004 issue

Mourning Meng Hao-jan

My dear friend* nowhere in sight,
this Han River keeps flowing east.


Now, if I look for old masters here,
I find empty rivers and mountains.


*Meng Hao-jan was another of China's great poets and Wang Wei's immediate poetic predecessor.


From Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China, forthcoming from New Directions.

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