Here is a story of Chinese poet Tu Fu coming to America and living on the streets of Cleveland.By channeling Tu Fu into our times, poet, novelist, translator Larry Smith tells two stories in one. This is Smith's eighth book of poems.60 pages, $9.
Tu Fu Comes to America is a compelling verse novel depicting the poignant realities of working immigrants. Smith’s spare, sturdy lines flash with Buddhist insight as Tu Fu strives to provide for his family in Cleveland, “In the shopping bag, my work clothes./ On my back the white shirt Mei has ironed./ No yesterday or tomorrow, only now.”
—RAY MCNIECE, author of Our Way of Life: Poems
In the winter of 770 CE, Tu Fu left this world. In Larry Smith’s fine narrative, he reappears in present day Cleveland. We see America through his eyes, through his contemplative heart. Hope, loss, friendship, love, the old quarrel with the world. Travel with him. Open your chest. Learn. —MAJ RAGAIN, author of Twist the Axe