Sleepless Nights: Verses for the Wakeful (College Audience Papers)

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Nearly 800 years ago, pagan Mongol tribes from the Central Asian steppes broke upon the ancient civiliations of Asia like a tidal wave, unleashing a whirlwind of destructive fury with unprecedented force. Through this holocaust wandered a lone buddhist poet, a pacifist and feminist, a former politcal prisoner and a lifelong exile and sojourner in his own homeland. Wen-siang's poetry caputres the pathos of his time with exquisite sensitivity and tragic beauty, illuminating its harvest of both human suffering and hope.

Sleepless Nights gives voice to a people groaning under the weight of history--the conscripts and peasants, the women and families, the refugees adrft in a land torn by conflict. Among the greatest masterpieces of secular Buddhist poetry, here translated into English for the first time , these verses mock the folly of tyrants and celebrate the indomitability of life.

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With more than forty volumes of publised works to his credit, Thomas Cleary has gained international acclaim for his renditions of sacred poetry and texts from classical Chinese, Sanscrit, Pali, Japanese, and Arabic.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese

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