Wild Mind, Wild Earth — David Hinton’s book is exquisitely beautiful and certainly not a feel-good book. It’s a book where poetry is motion. On this cold January day, snow begins falling midday, little bits, then steady showers as dusk filters in. I stand outside the library, my head tipped back. An acquaintance, on his way in, pauses. “Remember this?” he asks. “It’s winter.”
Robes of snow, crests of snow, and beaks of azure-jade,
they fish in shadowy streams. Then starting up into
flight, they leave emerald mountains for lit distances.Tu Mu, “Egrets,” translated by David Hinton
Pear blossoms, a tree-full, tumble in the evening wind.