Steven Bradbury

Poems from the Chinese of Du Fu

about these poems As for the Du Fu translations included here, the first three date from those awful months between the horrifying attack on the World Trade Center and America’s no less depressing invasion of Iraq, when I couldn’t stop thinking about what Du Fu must have felt after the fall of Chang’an. I suspect that’s why Mantis and Raritan decided to publish them: the poems still speak to us across the centuries just as they spoke to Kenneth Rexroth back in the 1940s when the Left came tumbling down and he made those wonderful free verse versions he reprinted in 100 Poems from the Chinese, which is the volume that turned me on to Chinese . The phrases ‘her gowns hang loose about her’