Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Delinquent's Desk

pen and ink drawing of table top with calligraphy pen and origami animals
The writing on the page is an excerpt from "Song of My Hut Broken by the Autumn Wind". Du Fu (712-770 CE) , aka The Poet Saint, wrote this poem in Chengdu in 761 CE. has the full text of the original poem with English translations. Du Fu's work remains popular in China and Japan today.

(Those of you who know your paper folding will probably point out that some of those 'animals' must have been created from pieces of paper larger than what could be torn from the book ;-) Let's just assume there's a bigger book sitting right outside the picture plan, lol.