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Tiger Event


July 24, 2022 at 12:00:00 AM

Crossing the Peach Blossom Bridge: An Introduction to the Helen T Lin Poetry Pavilion

Presenter / Panelists

Ellen Soulliere and Debi Carter


Ellen Soulliere

Please join like-minded members of the Tiger Community for an introduction to The Poetry Pavilion page on the Helen T Lin website.  
Webmaster and designer Debi Carter will take us on a tour of the Poetry Pavilion, showcasing the interactive possibilities of the timeless and transcendent with the transitory and digital. Curator Ellen Soulliere will introduce everyone to its promise and possibilities.  She will talk about the processes, rewards and challenges of curating this nascent collection, including selecting, translating, and annotating some of the poems that are already posted on site -- all in an effort to bring out the poet's voice. Ellen will also talk about pairing poems with paintings and -- the future -- with calligraphy, or images of ceramics or even buildings (pavilions included) that shares the sensibility of the poem they accompanies.  
Intrepid poetry, art and language lovers from our Community: Cynthia Brokaw, Katharine Burnett, MJ Clark, Jim Hargett, Kristine Harris, Priscilla Hoffman-Stowe, Edith Terry, and Diane Young-Spitzer are here to discuss their thoughts on their personal experience learning Chinese poetry or art; what it feels to parse a famous poem; the connections they see between poetry and other classical Chinese art forms; and how the Poetry Pavilion collection might enrich our daily lives.  Ellen and Debi will invite everyone to nominate poems they would like to have translated and/or images that would be suitable for pairing with the poems, or submit translations of their own to our collection.
Like the painter Ma Lin below, the Mistress of this Pavilion has lit all the candles, warmed all the wine, brewed all the tea, and now invites all of us to cross the Peach Blossom Bridge and enter into the Poetry Pavilion -- a place where we can retrieve, refine and refresh our memories of learning Chinese.

Registration for the talk is by email invitation only, and at this time participation is limited to members of our Tiger Community, including Helen Lin's students, colleagues, family, and invited guests. We welcome friends and colleagues of Tiger Community members to join us -- please have them send us their contact information, so we can send them an invitation. Email:


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