Sze’s many honors include a Lannan Literary Award, an American Book Award, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, and a Western States Book Award for Translation. He has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. In 1984 Sze began teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he is Professor Emeritus. He has also been the Visiting Hurst Professor at Washington University, the Doenges Visiting Artist at Mary Baldwin College, and spent residencies at universities such as Brown, Bard College, and the Naropa Institute. In 2012, he was elected chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
- The Willow Wind, Rainbow Zenith Press (Berkeley, CA), 1972, revised edition published as The Willow Wind: Poems and Translations from the Chinese, Tooth of Time Books (Santa Fe, NM), 1981.
- Two Ravens, Tooth of Time Books (Guadalupita, NM), 1976, revised edition published as Two Ravens: Poems and Translations from the Chinese, 1984.
- Dazzled, Floating Island Publications (Point Reyes, CA), 1982.
- River River, Lost Roads Publishers (Providence, RI), 1987.
- Archipelago, Copper Canyon Press (Port Townsend, WA), 1995.
- The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998,Copper Canyon Press, 1998.
- Quipu, Copper Canyon Press (Port Townsend, WA), 2005.
- The Gingko Light, Copper Canyon Press (Port Townsend, WA), 2009.
- Compass Rose, Copper Canyon Press (Port Townsend, WA), 2014.
- The Silk Dragon: Translations of Chinese Poetry, Copper Canyon Press, 2001.
- Editor of collections I Am Waiting to Be Free, 1981, and Cuentos III, 1984. Contributor to periodicals, including Conjunctions, River Styx, Asian Pacific American Journal, American Poetry Review, Hanging Loose, and Manoa. Contributing editor, Buttons, 1971-73, and Tyuonyi, 1985-94. Corresponding editor, Manoa, 1998—.
- Albuquerque Journal, January 5, 1997, John Tritica, review of Archipelago.
- Bloomsbury Review, July/August, 1996, C. L. Rawlins, review of Archipelago.
- Manoa, November, 1996, Gene Frumkin, review of Archipelago,pp. 218-220.
- New Mexican, June 21, 1998, William MacNeil, review of The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998.
- Washington Post Book World, August 2, 1998, Robert Hass, "Poet's Choice."
Poems By Arthur Sze
Translated By Arthur Sze
Articles by Arthur Sze
Arthur Sze was born in New York City in 1950, and educated at the University of California-Berkeley. Known for his difficult, meticulous poems, Sze’s work has been described as the “intersection of Taoist contemplation, Zen rock gardens and postmodern experimentation” by the critic John Tritica. The poet Dana Levin described Sze as “a poet of what I would call Deep Noticing, a strong lineage in American poetry. Its most obvious and influential practitioner is William Carlos Williams; its iconic poem, ‘The Red Wheelbarrow.’ Dispassionate presentation of ‘the thing itself,’ ‘glazed with rain/water’ (or any particular) is its prevailing attribute… [yet] Sze’s attention is capacious; it’s attracted to paradox; it takes facing opponents and seats them side by side.” Though Sze’s early work, including the books The Willow Wind (1972) and Two Ravens (1976), was marked by its lyrical imagism, his later work has included many long, linked poems that take...