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Zen Master Poems (New Wisdom Poems)

by Dick Allen

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***This book was reviewed for Wisdom Publications via Netgalley***

Zen Master Poems by Dick Allen is a lovely collection of modern Zen poetry that brings the essence of Zen into the everyday world. These poems, written in a variety of styles, speak to one on so many levels. They flow beautifully, and will make you stop, to ponder and process, which is what any good poetry should do, but doubly so for Zen poetry. You’ll be left yearning for a simpler life, against the crush of the frenetic pace of daily existence.

Allen’s poems invite one to pause and contemplate the quieter side of the coin, and the fullness of the One Which All and Nothing. I loved the imagery evoked through his words. To Be with a Koan equates existence with lemonade powder dissolving in water, being stirred by something other than one's self, until eventually there is only you, and nothing stirs. How Good It Would Be entices one to think about how peaceful life would if only we could cease questioning things.

How Can I Keep Them Together was a personal favourite. It's all about the question of keeping a child’s sense of wonder into one’s adult years. Words Collected was another favourite. It’s a list poem of colours and materials that reveals itself to be a meditation niche. Moment was a beautiful example of mindfulness in action, focusing on the simple act of opening a jam jar.

These are just a few of the offerings within Allen’s Zen Master Poems. Each and every one is a jewel to be treasured.

🎻🎻🎻🎻🎻Highly recommended for students Zen Buddhism, and those who enjoy the thought-provoking works of Thoreau and Emerson. ( )
  PardaMustang | Jun 16, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 161429299X, Paperback)

A unique voice in American poetry evocative of Han Shan’s Zen verses, Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions, and the writings of Jack Kerouac.

What a long conversation
we never had!

All those rivers?
we never crossed together.

You so busy with your own life,
I so busy with mine. 

Dick Allen, one of the founders of the Expansive Poetry movement, has won the Robert Frost Prize, the Hart Crane Poetry Prize, and the Pushcart Prize—among others. His work has been anthologized five times in the Best American Poetry volumes, and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Tricycle, The Buddhist Poetry Review, and The American Poetry Review, as well as numerous other publications. He’s a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, and a former Poet Laureate for the state of Connecticut, where he lives and writes.

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