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by Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, Frances W. Pritchett & Owen T. A. Cornwall Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

This selection of poetry and prose by Mirza Asadullah Khan, known as Ghalib (1797-1869), provides an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the preeminent Urdu poet of the nineteenth century. Ghalib’s...

For Nirvana

by Oh-hyun Cho, Heinz I. Fenkl & Kwon Youngmin Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

Cho Oh-Hyun was born in Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province, Korea and has lived in retreat in the mountains since becoming a novice monk at the age of seven. Writing under the Buddhist name Musan, he has composed...

Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination

by Sarah Phillips Casteel Columbia University Press (January 12, 2016)

With what may seem surprising frequency, Caribbean writers have turned to Jewish Caribbean experiences of exodus and reinvention, from the arrival of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal in the 1490s...

Memories of Mount Qilai: The Education of a Young Poet

by Yang Mu & John Balcom Columbia University Press (January 20, 2015)

Hualien, on the Pacific coast of eastern Taiwan, and its mountains, especially Mount Qilai, were deeply inspirational for the young poet Yang Mu. A place of immense natural beauty and cultural heterogeneity,...

Voices of Negritude in Modernist Print: Aesthetic Subjectivity, Diaspora, and the Lyric Regime

by Carrie Noland Columbia University Press (January 20, 2015)

This book approaches Negritude as an experimental, text-based poetic movement developed by diasporic authors of African descent through the means of modernist print culture. Engaging primarily the works of Aimé...

Songs of Chu

by Yuan Qu & Gopal Sukhu Columbia University Press (July 11, 2017)

Sources show Qu Yuan (?340–278 BCE) was the first person in China to become famous for his poetry, so famous in fact that the Chinese celebrate his life with a national holiday called Poet’s Day, or the...

Haiku Before Haiku

by Steven D. Carter Columbia University Press (February 05, 2011)

While the rise of the charmingly simple, brilliantly evocative haiku is often associated with the seventeenth-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, the form had already flourished for three hundred years before...

The Plebeian Experience: A Discontinuous History of Political Freedom

by Martin Breaugh, Lazer Lederhendler & Dick Howard Columbia University Press (June 01, 2010)

How do people excluded from political life achieve political agency? Through a series of historical events that have been mostly overlooked by political theorists, Martin Breaugh identifies fleeting yet decisive...

Tamil Love Poetry: The Five Hundred Short Poems of the Ainkurunuru

by Martha Ann Selby Columbia University Press (May 24, 2011)

Dating from the early decades of the third century C.E., the Ainkurunuru is believed to be the earliest anthology of classical Tamil love poetry and known to be a work of enduring importance. Commissioned by...

Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown: Poems by Zen Monks of China

by Charles Chu & Charles Egan Columbia University Press (May 19, 2010)

Compiled by a leading scholar of Chinese poetry, Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown is the first collection of Chan (Zen) poems to be situated within Chan thought and practice. Combined with exquisite paintings...

One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu

by Peter McMillan Columbia University Press (March 28, 2008)

Compiled in the thirteenth century, the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu is one of Japan's most quoted and illustrated works, as influential to the development of Japanese literary traditions as The Tale of Genji and The...

Azaleas: A book of Poems

by Kim Sowol & David McCann Columbia University Press (April 03, 2007)

Available for the first time in English, Azaleas is a captivating collection of poems by a master of the early Korean modernist style. Published in 1925, Azaleas is the only collection Kim Sowol (1902-1934)...

How to Read Chinese Poetry: A Guided Anthology

by Zong-qi Cai Columbia University Press (November 30, 2007)

In this "guided" anthology, experts lead students through the major genres and eras of Chinese poetry from antiquity to the modern time. The volume is divided into 6 chronological sections and features more...

Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women

by Makoto Ueda Columbia University Press (March 17, 2003)

-- P. F. Kornicki, Monumenta Nipponica

Frontier Taiwan: An Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry

by Michelle Yeh & N. G. D. Malmqvist Columbia University Press (April 05, 2001)

Taiwan has evolved dramatically from a little-known island to an internationally acclaimed economic miracle and thriving democracy. The history of modern Taiwanese poetry parallels and tells the story of this...

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry

by David McCann Columbia University Press (March 24, 2004)

Korea’s modern poetry is filled with many different voices and styles, subjects and views, moves and countermoves, yet it still remains relatively unknown outside of Korea itself. This is in part because the...

Writings from the Golden Age of Russian Poetry

by Konstantin Batyushkov & Peter France Columbia University Press (November 28, 2017)

Konstantin Batyushkov was one of the great poets of the Golden Age of Russian literature in the early nineteenth century. His verses, famous for their musicality, earned him the admiration of Aleksandr Pushkin...

Found Life

by Linor Goralik, Maria Vassileva, Ainsley Morse & Maya Vinokour Columbia University Press (November 28, 2017)

One of the first Russian writers to make a name for herself on the Internet, Linor Goralik writes conversational short works that conjure the absurd in all its forms, reflecting post-Soviet life and daily universals....

Erotic Poems from the Sanskrit

by R. Parthasarathy Columbia University Press (September 12, 2017)

Classical Sanskrit literature boasts an exquisite canon of poetry devoted to erotic love. In Erotic Poems from the Sanskrit, noted translator and scholar R. Parthasarathy curates a selection in a new verse translation...