Zen Master Poems

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 23, 2016 - Poetry - 123 pages
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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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Contents

The Zen Master
1
To Be with a Koan
3
When Youre in Trouble
4
It Was an Era
5
How Good It Would Be
6
Special Transmission
7
A TwoHundredYearOld Drinking Cup
8
Evocations
9
Escape
64
Seeing
65
More Dont Know
66
Burning Duality
67
What Did You Kill
68
Words Collected
69
There Are Many Secrets
70
Claim
71

A Night Gas Station
10
When I Was Young
11
The Strange Magic of Your Life
12
On the Raft
13
On the Raft II
14
After a Heavy Clinging Snow
15
Frisbee
16
Following Anothers Example
17
Dread
18
Sadness
19
Lost Souls
20
Excuse Me
22
Of the Ten Thousand Things
23
A Dice Game
24
You Have Too Much
25
Of Mazu
26
How Can I Keep Them Together
27
Annoyance
28
I Like Things
30
Reminiscence
31
Here I Shall Dwell
32
You May Leave a Memory Or You Can Be Feted by Crows
33
What Good Is Zen
34
Fortune Cookie Master
35
The Constant Sound
36
Gaze
37
One Day You Wish Yourself Dead
38
A Basketball Game
40
Legend Has It
41
What a Long Conversation
42
The Secret Is to Leap
43
Unaccountable Days
44
To Get Ahead
45
Listening Deeply
46
As HanShan Observed
47
The Tribute
48
When Your Enthusiasm Dies
49
A Lesson
50
A Tanka
51
It Isnt Going to Get Any Better
52
Minute to Minute
53
Does the Spoon Perceive the Soup?
54
Not Why But What
55
Road Trip Song
56
Some Places for Prayer
57
The Taoist Pausing
58
Chanced Upon
60
Pondering KuaiShan
61
Songbirds Brush
62
Years and Years
63
Five Poems
72
Rewriting a Poem of Seasons by Seung Sahn
73
Raking in a Japanese Sand Garden
74
As I Cut Down the Forest of Desires
75
More and More
76
A Prayer Box
78
Christians Say
79
For Fifty Years Now
80
SkinBag
81
Turning Over the Tea Bowl
82
When You Find the Tree
83
In a World without Forests
85
I Face the Image of the Buddha
86
This Carnelian Mala
87
His Book
88
If You Can Find the Door
89
After HanShan Again
90
Moment
91
Trying to Observe Again
92
Words of Reassurance
93
The Flower Arrangers Instructions
94
Shaping
96
Question Everything
97
Covered by the Husk
98
The Grip
99
If Its Not One Thing
100
How Strange
101
Gifts
102
As Long as I Wake Up
103
Cat
104
Awakening the Fire
106
Not Too Far from the Golden Gate
107
Lying Prone
108
Thirty Thousand Days
109
Should You Come Across
110
A Harmony
111
Sickness Is My Companion
112
Exile
113
Water beside the Road
114
The World Delights
115
Eggshells Are So Light
116
Wild Geese
117
I Would Like to Leave
118
Ten Years Fifteen Years
119
Today I Looked
120
Releasing Life
122
How Long Shall I Wait
123
Acknowledgments
125
About the Author
127
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Dick Allen (b. 1939) is variously known as a mystical poet, A Zen Buddhist poet, a poet concerned with the turn of the 21st century, a poet of contemporary science, and a poet whose style ranges from formal to free verse. Having published 8 volumes of poetry and numerous poems in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Hudson Review, and The American Poetry Review, Allen has served as Connecticut's State Poet Laureate for five years and has won prizes and praise for his poetry nationwide. With his wife Lori, also a writer, Dick Allen lives, writes, and takes walks besides Thrushwood Lake in Trumbull, CT.

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