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Sam Hamill

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Sam Hamill is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, essays, and translations from the classical Chinese and Japanese, ancient Greek, Latin, and other languages. He has been a recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. He lives near Port Townsend, Washington.

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Narrow Road to the Interior
And Other Writings
Written by Matsuo Basho
Translated by Sam Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 26, 2000
Price: $18.95

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Almost Paradise
New and Selected Poems and Translations
Written by Sam Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $15.95

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The Erotic Spirit

Written by Sam Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $18.95

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The Essential Chuang Tzu

Written by Sam Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 19, 1999
Price: $18.95

The Chuang Tzu has been translated into English numerous times, but never with the freshness, accessibility, and accuracy of this remarkable rendering. Here the immediacy of Chuang Tzu's language is restored in a idiom that is both completely fresh and true to the original text. This unique collaboration between one of... Read more >

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The Pocket Haiku

Written by Basho, Buson and Issa
Translated by Sam Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $8.95

In this collection of haiku, translator Sam Hamill has compiled the best from the tradition, spanning the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, with particular focus on the three great masters: Bashō, Buson, and Issa. Based on images from nature, the poems address the themes of joy, temporality, beauty, wonder, loneliness, and loss... Read more >

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The Poetry of Zen

Translated by Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $14.95

A Zen poem is nothing other than an expression of the enlightened mind, a handful of simple words that disappear beneath the moment of insight to which it bears witness. Poetry has been an essential aid to Zen Buddhist practice from the dawn of Zen—and Zen has also had a profound... Read more >

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River of Stars
Selected Poems of Yosano Akiko
Translated by Sam Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 18, 1997
Price: $18.95

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Tao Te Ching
A New Translation
Written by Sam Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $18.95

Part poetry, part paradox, always stirring and profound, Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching has been inspiring readers since it was written over two thousand years ago. This masterpiece is also one of the most frequently translated books in all of history, in part because the multiple meanings of the Chinese characters... Read more >
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