"I call myself the Green Lotus Man;
I am a spirit exiled from the upper blue....."
This was Li Po (also transliterated as "Li Bai") speaking in verse "On Being Asked Who He Is (poem 41)", and as I first encountered this serene giant of Chinese poetry and culture who lived around thirteen hundred years ago and is ranked, at least among some Chinese, as one of the greatest poets of all time; I thought of the comparisons. By some historians, he is compared to English poetry greats such as Keats, and to the Chinese we are told he is known as one of the "Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup". A man of diverse careers-at one time poet, Taoist, court poet, hunted outlaw, errant knight of Chinese chivalry, a frequenter of taverns, known to women, wishing to be better known to women, then wanderer, war refugee, exiled, given amnesty and allowed to return and pass away (in a variety of different ways according to legends).