Books: A Beautiful Journey

James Lenfestey shares his adventures through poetry.

Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain is one of those books that a bookseller never quite knows where to shelve. Written by James Lenfestey and published by Milkweed Editions, it’s part memoir, part travelogue, and part history. In addition, it is filled with some of the most touching and beautiful poetry you’ll discover. The author travels to China to find the very cave in which Han Shan wrote his Cold Mountains poems, and throughout the book, Lenfestey shares with the reader powerful personal stories, gripping adventures and the intensely spiritual journey that he was seeking. It is, through and through, a truly gorgeous book.

—Matt Keliher, manager, SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St.