Magnolia and Lotus

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Pub Date: 06/04/2013

Pages: 108

Publisher: White Pine Press

Imprint: White Pine Press

ISBN 13: 9781935210436

ISBN 10: 1935210432

Price: $16.00 / $20.99 CAN

Category: POETRY / Asian / General

Magnolia and Lotus

By Ian Haight, T'ae-yong Ho, Chin’gak Kuksa Hyesim

Price: $16.00



About the Book

"Hyesim's poems: transformative as walking high granite mountains by moonlight, with fragrant herbs underfoot and a thermos of clear tea in the backpack. Their bedrock is thusness, their images' beauty is pellucid and new, their view without limit. The shelf of essential Zen poets for American readers grows larger with this immediately indispensable collection."—Jane Hirshfield

"His poems speak softly and clearly, like hearing a temple bell that was struck a thousand years ago."—Sam Hamill

Chin'gak Kuksa Hyesim (1178–1234) was the first Zen master dedicated to poetry in Korea.

Ian Haight's books of translations include Borderland Roads: Selected Poems of Ho Kyun and Garden Chrysanthemums and First Mountain Snow: Zen Questions and Answers from Korea.

About the Book

Hyesim’s poetry, written in the twelfth century became the archetypal in Korean Buddhist literature for more than five hundred years.


Ian Haight was the co-organizer and translator for the UN's global poetry readings held annually in Pusan, Korea from 2002-4. He has been awarded translation grants from the Daesan Foundation, Korea Literary Translation Institute, and Baroboin Buddhist Foundation; in 2003, he was cited for translation excellence by the KLTI. For more information, please visit