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David Young

David Young is the author of ten previous books of poetry, including Black Lab and At the White Window. He is a well-known translator of the Chinese poets and of the poems of Petrarch. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships as well as a Pushcart Prize, he is the Longman Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing at Oberlin College and the editor of the Field Poetry Series at Oberlin College Press.


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Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times
Written by Matsuo Basho, Translated by David Young
Knopf | Trade Paperback | April 2013
$17.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-96200-3 (0-307-96200-8)

Vivid new translations of Basho's popular haiku, in a selected format ideal for newcomers as well as fans long familiar with the Japanese master.

Basho, the famously bohemian traveler through seventeenth-century Japan, is a poet attuned to the natural world as well as humble human doings; "Piles of quilts/ snow on distant... Read more






Du Fu
Written by Fu Du, Translated by David Young
Knopf | Trade Paperback | November 2008
$22.00/26.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71160-2 (0-375-71160-0)

Du Fu (712–770) is one of the undisputed geniuses of Chinese poetry—still universally admired and read thirteen centuries after his death. Now David Young, author of Black Lab, and well known as a translator of Chinese poets, gives us a sparkling new translation of Du Fu’s verse, arranged to give us... Read more






Black Lab
Written by David Young
Knopf | Trade Paperback | September 2007
$15.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71129-9 (0-375-71129-5)

David Young, the distinguished poet and translator, offers us a gorgeous cycle of poems attuned to the Midwestern seasons—to weather both emotional and actual. A writer of thrilling invention and humanity, Young beckons the reader into an effortless proximity with the fox at the field’s edge, with the chattering crow and... Read more






Field of Light and Shadow
Written by David Young
Knopf | Hardcover | September 2010
$27.95/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-59339-9 (0-307-59339-8)

A career-spanning volume from one of our most valuable living American poets, offering poems that display an exquisite ear tuned to the natural world, to love and friendship, and to the continually renewable possibilities of language. David Young’s settings are at once local and universal—an adolescence in Omaha, late summer on... Read more





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