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Chen Zi'ang is one of the early masters of Tang poetry. Now you can read some of his poems translated for the first time into English by Lan Hua

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Q & A in the Middle of the Mountains
by Li Bai

Ask why I stay
so many days in these
blue green mountains

I can only reply
with a smile
that shows how
leisure fills my heart

As a peach blossom
falls into the river
to be carried far away
on the current

From this perch
I caste my gaze
on Heaven above
and Earth below

Of both
I hold back
and partake
in equal part

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