Chinese Recluse Poets with David Hinton

Heading down to ZMM tomorrow to a retreat with writer / translator David Hinton. I'm feeling increasingly like one of those old recluse poets like Han Shan. His name means Cold Mountain in Chinese. I'm thinking of taking the name Cold River, or Sông Lạnh in Vietnamese. images

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

4 thoughts on “Chinese Recluse Poets with David Hinton”

  1. Have a great retreat, Cold River, indeed. I could not help but notice in the blurb for the conference – “The retreat will begin with a presentation of the spiritual world behind classical Chinese poetry—the philosophy, aesthetics, language, and cosmology out of….” This may be interesting for someone who contends there is no spiritual world, according to your last missive. Best, Peter.

  2. Oh, I’m sorry I left you with that impression, Peter! I believe in a spiritual world–I just don’t think it’s supernatural or other than this world properly apprehended.

    1. Spiritual :
      1.Of or pertaining to the spirit or the soul.  
      2.Of or pertaining to God or a place of worship; sacred.
      3.Of or pertaining to spirits; supernatural.
      4.Consisting of spirit; not material; incorporeal.  

      That’s the definition of the word, jd. Actually, this world “properly apprehended” is the spiritual world, the apprehension and experience of it, as such, is tantamount to enlightenment.

      1. I just couldn’t resist:

        Cold River Valentine

        On some level I think
        we are all a little terrified
        of the possible reality
        of some kind of spiritual
        existence the way we imagine
        invaders from outer space
        whose higher faculties enslave us
        we are so afraid of losing
        the few freedoms we’ve won
        over how many centuries now
        we’re just starting to think
        about the nature of thinking itself
        the kind of thinking that goes on
        outside the brain itself
        for which the brain is but
        a thimble-cup a prop

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