David Hinton teaches in Columbia University’s graduate writing program and is the first translator in over a century to translate the four seminal masterworks of Chinese philosophy. In his home near Hunger Mountain in Vermont, David has taken these lessons to heart and offered them to the modern world through his translations of Chinese “rivers and mountains” poems and his collections of essays: Hunger Mountain and Existence: A Story. His newest book is about ancient Chinese and modern American ecopoetry: The Wilds of Poetry: An Adventure in Mind and Landscape. Among his many fellowships and awards, he recently was given a lifetime achievement award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Immerse yourself in nature — and in the ancient poetic worldview that will teach you to experience nature and yourself in new ways.
Nearly 2,500 years after it dawned in China, the Taoist worldview brought new direction and energy to the work of modern poets in America. Today, through modern ecopoetry and the concept of deep ecology, in which humans once again are one strand of the tapestry of life rather than masters of it, the Taoist worldview remains vividly alive. Nobody knows the spiritual landscape of ancient China better than David — he’ll show you how he lives it and how you can, too. With him as your guide, these concepts will spring alive for you in the serenity of Rowe’s woodlands, streams, and ponds. As you share days of contemplation and conversation, you’ll discover viscerally how these ancient ideas have influenced a significant movement in modern poetry and how they can work for you in your daily life. You’ll also have the opportunity to experiment with composing poems in the way of ancient Chinese and modern American masters.