Ocean of Poetry is made possible  by all the wonderful resources we have been able to draw upon. Hopefully we have listed most here.

Most of the translations on Ocean of Poetry are copyrighted by the respective translators. We have requested and received permission (and blessings) from most of our translators. We believe that our use of excerpts from translators and authors we have been unable to contact yet constitutes “fair use,” as their use is for educational and not commercial purpose. We offer these here to give you, the reader, an opportunity to  experience the broadest range of translations and to find those translators whose works you will wish to own. If you are an author whose work we have used without permission and you prefer that work not appear here, please contact us and we will of course remove it.

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Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping, The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry (Anchor, 2005)

Zong-qi Cai, How to Read Chinese Poetry: A Guided Anthology (Columbia University Press, 2007)

Jonathan Chaves, The Columbia Book of Later Chinese Poetry (Columbia University Press, 1986)

Francois Cheng, Chinese Poetic Writing: With an Anthology of T’ang Poetry (Indiana University Press, 1982) oop

Sam Hamill, Crossing the Yellow River : Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese (BOA Editions, 2000)

David Hinton, Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010)

David Hinton, Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China, (New Directions, 2005)

Wu-Chi Liu and Irving Yucheng Lo, Sunflower Splendor (Indiana University Press, 1990)

Mike O’Connor (ed.), The Clouds Should Know Me By Now: Buddhist Poet Monks of China (Wisdom Publications, 1998)

Red Pine, Poems of the Masters: China’s Classic Anthology of T’ang and Sung Dynasty Verse  (Copper Canyon Press, 2003)

Kenneth Rexroth,  One Hundred Poems from the Chinese (New Directions, 1971)

J.P. Seaton, A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry (White Pine Press, 1995)

J.P. Seaton and Sam Harris, The Poetry of Zen (Shambhala Publications, 2012)

J.P. Seaton, The Shambhala Anthology of Chinese Poetry (Shambhala, 2006)

J.P. Seaton, The Wine of Endless Life: Taoist Drinking Songs from the Yuan Dynasty (White Pine Press, 1995)

Geoffrey Waters, Michael Farman, David Lunde and J.P. Seaton, 300 Tang Poems (White Pine Press, 2011)

Burton Watson, The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry (Columbia University Press, 1984)

Eliot Weinberger (ed.), The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry (New Directions, 2003)

Wai-lim Yip, Chinese Poetry, 2nd ed., Revised: An Anthology of Major Modes and Genres (Duke University Press Books, 2004)

Monographs (by poet)

Chuang Tzu

The Essential Chuang Tzu, Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton (Shambhala, 1999)

Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings, Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1996)

Han Shan

Cold Mountain Poems: Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih, J.P. Seaton (Shambhala Publications, 2011)

Cold Mountain: 100 Poems by the T’ang poet Han-Shan, Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1999)

The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain, Red Pine (Copper Canyon Press, 2000)

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu : Tao Te Ching : A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way, Ursala LeGuin (J.P. Seaton) (Shambhala, 1998)

Tao Te Ching, Burton Watson (Shambhala, 2007)

Li Po

Bright Moon, Perching Birds, James Cryer and J.P. Seaton (Wesleyan University Press, 1987)

The Selected Poems of Li Po, David Hinton (New Directions, 1996)

Lu Chi
The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Master, Tony Barnstone (Shambhala, 1996)

The Art of Writing: Lu Chi’s Wen Fu, Sam Hamill (Milkweed Editions, 2000)

Lu Yu

The Old Man Who Does As He Pleases, Burton Watson (Columbia Universoty Press, 1994)

Meng Chiao

The Late Poems of Meng Chiao, David Hinton (Princeton University Press, 1996)

Meng Hao-jan

The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-jan. David Hinton (Archipelago Books, 2004)

Ou-yang Hsiu

Love and Time, J.P. Seaton (Copper Canyon Press, 1989)

Po Chu-i

Po Chü-i: Selected Poems, Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 2000)

The Selected Poems of Po Chü-i, David Hinton (New Directions. 1999)

Su Tung-P’o

Selected Poems of Su Tung-P’o, Burton Watson (Copper Canyon Press, 1993)

T’ao Ch’ien

The Selected Poems of T’ao Ch’ien, David Hinton (Copper Canyon Press, 2000)

Tu Fu

Bright Moon, Perching Birds, J.P. Seaton and James Cryer (Wesleyan University Press, 1987)

The Selected Poems of Tu Fu, David Hinton (New Directions, 1989)

Selected Poems of Du Fu, Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 2003)

Wang Wei

Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei, Tony Barnstone, Willis Barnstone, Xu Haixin (University Press of New England, 1992)

Hiding the Universe. Wai-lim Yip (Grossman Publishers, 1972)

The Selected Poems of Wang Wei, David Hinton (New Directions, 2006)

Yang-Wan Li

Heaven My Blanket, Earth My Pillow: Poems from Sung Dynasty China by Yang Wan-Li, Jonathan Chaves (White Pine Press, 2004)

Yuan Mei

I Don’t Bow to Buddhas: Selected Poems of Yuan Mei, J.P. Seaton (Copper Canyon Press, 1996)