Larry Smith & Monte Page | Songs of the Woodcutter: Zen Poems of Wang Wei and Taigu Ryokan

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Songs of the Woodcutter: Zen Poems of Wang Wei and Taigu Ryokan

by Larry Smith & Monte Page

These are poems as meditations, meditations as poems in a soft lyric style with native American flute. Nature and humanity sing together here. The poems of Chinese poet Wang Wei and Japanese poet Taigu Ryokan are rendered in beautiful musical settings.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Flute Solo By Monte Page #1
2:28 album only
2. Poems of Wang Wei--Introduction
1:39 album only
3. Twenty Poems of Meng-Ch'eng Valley
10:05 album only
4. Wang Wei's From My Country Estate
1:59 album only
5. Wang Wei's My Retreat on South Mountain
1:25 album only
6. Wang Wei's Two Poems of Parting
1:20 album only
7. Taigu Ryokan's Poems of Invitation
4:16 album only
8. Taigu Ryokan's Child-like Poems
2:53 album only
9. Taigu Ryokan's Poems of the Seasons
2:49 album only
10. Taigu Ryokan's Begging Round Poems
3:04 album only
11. Taigu Ryokan's Poems of Wandering
4:08 album only
12. Taigu Ryokan's Poems of Friendship
3:26 album only
13. Taigu Ryokan's Poems of Age & Wisdom
5:01 album only
14. Flute Solo By Monte Page #2
1:28 album only


Album Notes
Larry Smith is a professor emeritus of English and Humanities at BGSU Firelands College in Huron, Ohio. He has written on Zen Buddhism and Taigu Ryokan in Parabola Magazine, Shambhala Sun, and The Utne Reader. He is a critic and a writer with seven books of poetry, two books of fiction, three literary biographies, and two filmscripts on Ohio poets James Wright & Kenneth Patchen.
Smith and Mei Hui Huang met at Firelands College before her return to Taiwan. Their popular Chinese Zen Poems: What Hold Has This Mountain appeared from Bottom Dog Press in 1996.
Monte Page is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, now living and working in Sandusky. In addition to his skills with the Native American flute, he plays African drums, makes flutes, and practices Tai Chi. Smith and Page have performed these works at the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Toledo Museum of Art, at libraries, bookstores, and universities.



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Strong performances with classical material.
Using the classical poetry of Wang Wei and Taigu Ryokan, these guys can't go wrong. And they actually enhance these fine Zen poems with excellent flute settings for Smith's soft and sincere readings. Full of clear intention, it's as clear as a mountain stream...mountains and rivers of Zen verse.