Restless Nights

“Li Po’s Restless Night: Improvisations on a Theme” is now available in e-Book and paperback formats. Ideal reading for those with restless nights in quarantine, “Li Po’s Restless Night” includes 101 original variations on a theme of Chinese poet Li Po, with an explanatory personal essay, “Florence and Li Po,” though the essay may make better daytime reading. There was a time when I was able to close my eyes and not open them again for eight hours. Then the moon rose.


  1. The moon rises and consciousness is set adrift, homeless in the landscape and the cosmos….
    Here the moon becomes image, symbol even, of distance, absence and loss ….
    Florence’s poetics blends image and the “cultural artifact” of language….offering the “essence” and fullness of experience….Poetry for Li Po, and Linker, becomes not an academic exercise, but rather a “habit of mind”, a way of being in the world, a way of experiencing the fullness of existence.

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    1. Joe Linker says:

      Thanks, Bill, for reading and comment. Always nice to get a favorable review.


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