Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
Seeking the Cave
from Milkweed Editions
In this transformative new book, award-winning poet and essayist James Lenfestey makes an epic journey across the world to find the Cold Mountain Cave, a location long believed to exist only in myths, and the ancient home of his idol Han Shan, author of the Cold Mountain poems and a legend in the history of both Chinese and international poetic tradition. Lenfestey's voyage takes him from the Midwestern U.S. to Tokyo to a road trip across the expanse of China with frequent excursions into the country's rich historical and cultural landmarks. As he makes his way to the cave, Lenfestey learns more than history or geography, he discovers his identity as a writer and a poet.
Interspersed with poems by both the author and Han Shan, Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain will appeal to lovers of poetry, travel narrative, and poetry alike.
About James Lenfestey:
After an award-winning career in academia, advertising, and journalism, James P. Lenfestey began to write poems and essays in earnest in the Fall of 1999. He has since published four full poetry collections and a book of personal essays. He is currently the chair of the Literary Witnesses poetry series and lives in Minneapolis with his wife, the political activist and writer Susan Lenfestey.