I Don't Bow to Buddhas: selected poems of Yuan Mei
Yuan Mei was not only the most popular poet of the Ch'ing Dynasty (eighteenth century), but the most popular poet in the 2500-year history of classical Chinese poetry. Not only did he dare to promote poetry by women at a time when it was suppressed, he also wrote on forbidden subjects, such as homosexuality and the treatment of the poor. The ch'an perspective combined with his self-effacing good humor make him unique in the annals of Chinese poetry.
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