Peach Blossom Fish:
Selected Poems Composed & Calligraphed by Chang Ch'ung-ho
Walla Walla, Washington: Crab Quill Press, 1999
Peach Blossom Fish (桃花魚) represents the first published collection of poems and calligraphy by Chang Ch'ung-ho. Chang Ch'ung-ho is celebrated by many Chinese scholars and calligraphers as one of China's greatest living calligraphers and one of the last of the classically trained Chinese literati. For this volume, Chang Ch'ung-ho has selected eighteen poems recording her profound response to the turmoil of this century. Images of floating, dreams, and memory wend their way through each poem. The translations are the product of a rare and delightful collaboration. Not only was Chang Ch'ung-ho present to clarify the significance of each line and each poem, but the main translator, the late Hans H. Frankel, professor emeritus Yale University, was none other than the author's husband of fifty years. Of further delight, the English translations are accompanied by the Chinese calligraphed by the poet's own hand. Working in collaboration with the book's designer, each poem was calligraphed specifically for this book, and each page provides its own unique and startling composition. The book is printed on Hahnemühle German Ingres. The covers are made variously of padauk, sapele, and Alaskan yellow cedar. Although bound as a traditional western codex, the sewn-board binding with a drop-away spine allows the book to open flat and function similarly to a collection of album leaves. Each book is presented in a silk-lined slip case. Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1 inches. 48 pages.
Read a poem from this book:
Read an excellent article by the book collector and essayist Chen Xiaowei (in Chinese).