Between the Floating Mist

Between the Floating Mist

Poems of Ryokan

Companions for the Journey

by Ryokan

Translated by Dennis Maloney and Hide Oshiro

Published by: White Pine Press

96 Pages, 5.10 x 7.10 x 0.40 in, 20 B&W illustrations

  • Paperback
  • 9781935210054
  • Published: April 2009


“Just as Ryokan’s life is inseparable from his poetry, the translation’s clarity of diction is inseparable from the sensitive brushwork on each page. A book to be gazed into again and again.”—Charlotte Mandel, Small Press

What shall remain
as my legacy?
The spring flowers
the cuckoo in summer,
the autumn leaves.

Ryokan (1758–1831) was a poet, master calligrapher, Zen hermit, and is one of the most beloved poets of Japan. Instead of becoming the head of a Zen temple, he preferred the simple and independent life of a hermit. Ryokan’s poetry is simple, direct, and colloquial in expression.