Where the World Does Not Follow

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“The poetry and photographs, equally captivating, take the reader on a guided tour of China.”—ForeWord


Buddhist China in Picture and Poem

Mike O’Connor Steven Johnson

Gorgeous and unique, Where the World Does Not Follow captures an almost-hidden China. Acclaimed translator Mike O’Connor and photographer Steven Johnson uncover a world rarely seen by outsiderseven as they capture it in its everyday beauty. O’Connor’s translations of poems from China’s Tang Dynasty sing in the present day, while Johnson’s photographs reveal a modern-day China that seems almost unchanged by the passing of centuries.

Chinese authorities are only now allowing access to ancient Buddhist sites and many writings and devotional objects are being made available for the first time in decades. These poems written by Zen and Taoist hermit-sages, together with the crisp yet almost dreamlike images capture the aesthetic, literary, and spiritual roots of Buddhist China. Where the World Does Not Follow provides insight into a world that very few have been able to visit—and a time difficult even to imagine. O’Connor and Johnson’s book is a hymn to nature, to the art of photography, and to the common beauty of humanity that extends to us like a silk thread from another time and place.


book information
  • Paperback
  • 192 pages, 8.50 x 10.00 inches
  • $24.95
  • ISBN 9780861713097
about the author
Where the World Does Not Follow

Mike O’Connor is a poet and translator. He has published three volumes of his own poetry in addition to translating two volumes of the work of Buddhist poet Chia Tao. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Other books by Mike O’Connor:
The Clouds Should Know Me by Now
When I Find You Again, It Will Be in Mountains

Where the World Does Not Follow

Steven R. Johnson is a leading photographer, specializing in landscapes of China and his work is included in books including The Road to Heaven.

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