Dumb Luck

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Influenced by the Chinese and Japanese masters, Hamill’s Dumb Luck affirms his ability to give us back the world and all its vicissitudes. Here you will find Zen fables, elegies and haiku, bluesy riffs, and poems that celebrate births, marriages, the liberating exile of the poet, as well as verses that present the dumb luck that has peppered the poet’s life.

Sam Hamill is the author of a dozen volumes of original poetry, as well as three collections of essays. He is the Founding...

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Overview

Influenced by the Chinese and Japanese masters, Hamill’s Dumb Luck affirms his ability to give us back the world and all its vicissitudes. Here you will find Zen fables, elegies and haiku, bluesy riffs, and poems that celebrate births, marriages, the liberating exile of the poet, as well as verses that present the dumb luck that has peppered the poet’s life.

Sam Hamill is the author of a dozen volumes of original poetry, as well as three collections of essays. He is the Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press, director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, and contributing editor at The American Poetry Review.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929918256
  • Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: American Poets Continuum Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

In Memoriam, Morris Graves 11
Chuang Tzu and the First Noble Truth 13
Essay on Rhyme 15
Another Fool 16
Weasel, Crow, and Coyote on the Dharma Trail 18
The Anger of Su Tung-p'o 20
The New York Poem 22
Poem in the Margins of the Shoyo Roku 24
Awakening 25
First Snow 25
Zuihitsu 26
Fifteen Stitches 30
Sisyphus 33
Lives of a Poet: Saigyo's Solitude 39
All Here 46
R.I.P 49
Tommy Played the Blues 52
"One Who Studies the Past in Order to Learn the Present Is Fit to Teach." 53
Winter Solstice, 1998 54
"Praise a Fool and Make Him Useful" 55
Below Clay Hill 56
Unsolicited 57
Sonnet on the Thirty-second Anniversary of My Internship as an Editor 58
On Being Asked About Retirement 59
Rising 61
To Bill and Kris 63
Seattle Spring 66
On Being Invited to Write a Poem on the Theme of Shelter 69
Assay 71
Epithalamion for Laura and Michael 72
New Math 73
Upon Receipt of a Gift of Chopsticks 75
Cookin' with Jane 76
Great American Nude 78
Road Hog Sutra 80
Bobbitt, the Trial 81
Bobbitt 82
Seducing the Sparrow 83
Arachnophobia 84
Plain Dumb Luck 86
The Orchid Flower 88
A Woodsplitter's Meditation 90
Notes on the Poems 93
Acknowledgments 97
About the Author 99
Colophon 104
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