3 October 2003

Singing of Scented Grass

While I was away: Pardalote Press launched Singing of Scented Grass at the Moorilla Museum. This is a unique selection of Chinese poetry translated by Ian Johnston, beautifully produced by Pardalote. It includes Tang poetry by Wang Wei, Bai Juyi and Li Shangyin, followed by the translator’s own poems that interrogate the Confucian ideal of aspiring to high political office. "These elegant translations from the Chinese testify to the depth of Johnston’s engagement with these Tang masters: Singing of Scented Grass is his journey to poetry" writes Mabel Lee, University of Sydney. Copies are available in local bookshops or from the publisher, Pardalote Press.

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