I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets

Tom Sexton

I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets

Tom Sexton

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

59 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9781602231191 Published February 2011
E-book $7.00 to $14.95 ISBN: 9781602231207 Published February 2011
This all-new collection by former Alaska poet laureate smoothly blends his life in Maine, his years in Alaska, and his love of Chinese poetry—which has been a key influence on his work—into a lyrical fantasy that will enchant lovers of verse. These tightly rhythmic, compact eight-line poems demonstrate a rare deftness with—and an even more uncommon ear for—language, revealing poetic form to be neither a puzzle nor an accomplishment in itself, but a compositional tool and a spur to creativity.


Hurricane Station House

Aurora Borealis

Brown Bear

On Our Anniversary

Yellow Warblers

The Wolves of Denali


I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets

Winter Night

Clearing After Snow Over Mountains and River

Woodcut of a Crane

River Otters

Thinking of a Friend’s Cold Words



No Moon Tonight


Grasses in the Marsh

Yet Another Poem About the Moon


Mountain Spinach


Thinking of a Friend


To Wang Wei

An Empty Bowl

Arctic Char

Crossing a Marsh by Train

Watching Winter Light from Chulitna Butte

Morning Landscape, Early Spring

Coming Down from the Mountains into Mist

No Time for Metaphor



Leaving Again

Washington County, Maine

By Passamaquoddy Bay

Witch Hazel


Late Afternoon

Robert Frost in Winter



Sedge Wren

Winterberry Holly

Tu Fu

House Sparrows

Decoy of a Snow Goose

Pasque Flower

Traveler’s Moon

Alder Thicket


Su Tung P’o

Bohemian Waxwings


A Painting of the Poet Meng Hao Jan

For Frances Gramse, Age 3, on the Winter Solstice

Winter Landscape: Fish Creek

To Wang Wei After Reading a New Translation of His Poems

Review Quotes
John Haines, former poet laureate of Alaska

“This is a book to be read and returned to. There are fine poems here, all from the hand of someone who for many years has read and listened to the enduring voice of ancient Chinese poets. We have here the result of that attention.”

Emily Wall, author of Freshly Rooted

“In these poems, Tom Sexton weaves ancient Chinese poetry with an Alaska back country he knows intimately. The poems have teeth, and just when we feel them against our necks, we’re given a moment of reprieve, a moment of sweetness. These poems make you catch your breath over and over again.”

Midwest Book Review

"I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets is a strongly recommended read. Not to be missed."—Midwest Book Review

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