Lao Zi

Laozi (6th century BCE)

the putative author of the Daodejing, is said to have despaired of the world’s venality and corruption, but he was persuaded to leave the poems as a parting gift. Crucefix’s versions reveal an astonishing empathy with what they have to say about good and evil, war and peace, government, language, poetry and the pedagogic process. When the true teacher emerges, no matter how detached, unimpressive, even muddled she may appear, Laozi assures us ‘there are treasures beneath’.