Moon as Bright as Water, by Qin Guan, Chester River Press (2016)

Qin Guan (1049-1100) was a Chinese poet, most famous for his love poems written within the classical Chinese tradition in a lyric poetry style known as ci (also known as t’zu) which was particularly popular during the Song Dynasty. You can think of ci as essentially a song lyric, or “words for music” used in what would today be called cabaret songs. William McNaughton mentions in the introduction to this new … Continue reading Moon as Bright as Water, by Qin Guan, Chester River Press (2016)

The Iliad and Odyssey, by Homer, Chester River Press

One of my favorite acquisitions in 2011 was a beautiful edition of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, by Chester River Press. I had not been familiar with Chester River’s work prior to this, but this work instantly catapulted them into the ‘must watch’ category. Soon after picking up Heart of Darkness, I became aware that they had also recently published Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Unlike Heart of Darkness, the … Continue reading The Iliad and Odyssey, by Homer, Chester River Press