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Poem introduction

Su Tung P'o is a figure who moves me deeply. In a few more years he'll be a thousand years old. A great Chinese poet - he was a designer of gardens in Imperial China. Now the great thing about Su Tung P'o is he not only wrote these pastoral poems and loved to design gardens, but he wrote satires. That's pretty rare that you get that tension of potentialities in one figure and here's one of the poems from among his satirical offerings.

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