July 17th, 2002

JWall

Poetry hour #5

A few years ago I ran across this really cool book at a library book sale.

The Lost Flute
And Other Chinese Lyrics
Being a Translation from the French
BY
GERTRUDE LAUGHLIN JOERISSEN
of the Book of Franz Toussaint entitled
"La Flute de Jade: Poesies Chinoise"

THE ELF, PUBLISHERS
New York City
1929


I thought, okay, here's a book translated into English from French from Chinese. Interesting. I bought it for like, a dollar (mine is copy #1496 of 1950). Since then, I've rationed myself to one or two poems for whenever I'm feeling contemplative or depressed or quirky. These are some of my favorites.

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