Wei Ying-wu (737–791) was born during the T’ang dynasty. A poet whose legacy is centered in the natural world, he intentionally countered the literary establishment of his time. Before being translated in Red Pine’s In Such Hard Times: The Poetry of Wei Ying-wu, few pieces were available in English. Red Pine, who was born in 1943 and spent four years in a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan, has also translated Lao-Tze’s Taoteching (Copper Canyon Press, 2009). He lives in Washington with his family.