Bill Porter, AKA Red Pine, will read ancient Chinese poems and discuss his latest book, Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past at 7 p.m., Monday, April 3, in Guild Hall.
Porter is an American Buddhist who has become a legendary China traveler starting in 1970 and, as Red Pine, an equally legendary translator of ancient Chinese poetry and Buddhist texts. He was the first to translate the Collected Songs of Cold Mountain, first to translate the entire ancient anthology Poems of The Masters, first to translate the poetry of 14th-century Buddhist recluse Stonehouse, and many others, all accompanied by his detailed geographical, historical and literary commentary.
His latest book from Copper Canyon Press, Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets Of The Past, describes his extensive visits to the shrines and territories of China’s most revered poets, a traveler’s literary encyclopedia like no other.
This Literary Witnesses reading is co-sponsored by RainTaxi Review of Books and the Loft Literary Center.
Literary Witnesses, a program of Plymouth’s Fine Arts Board, hosts poets whose work draws on and illuminates the life of the spirit, and has included four U.S. Poet Laureates and both Minnesota Poet Laureates.