The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry

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Playful, thoughtful, and important, the 28 poets found in The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry offer innovations on traditional and time-honored Buddhist poetic forms.

This unique collection brings us African Americans reading the Black diaspora through the eyes of exiled Tibetan monks; Americans of Vietnamese and Tibetan heritage wrestling with the cultural norms of their parents or ancestors; Zen and Dada inspired performance pieces; and groundbreaking ...

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Overview

Playful, thoughtful, and important, the 28 poets found in The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry offer innovations on traditional and time-honored Buddhist poetic forms.

This unique collection brings us African Americans reading the Black diaspora through the eyes of exiled Tibetan monks; Americans of Vietnamese and Tibetan heritage wrestling with the cultural norms of their parents or ancestors; Zen and Dada inspired performance pieces; and groundbreaking writings from the pioneers of the Beat movement, so many of whom remain not just relevant but vital to this day.

With its eclectic mix of acknowledged elders and newly emergent voices, this landmark anthology vividly displays how Buddhism is influencing the character of contemporary poetry.

Includes biographical notes and historical introduction by the editor, enhancing its value for workshop and classroom use.

Includes works by:

  • Diane di Prima
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Norman Fischer
  • Sam Hamill
  • Jane Hirshfield
  • Mike O'Connor
  • Gary Snyder
  • Eliot Weinberger
  • Philip Whalen
  • Michael McClure
  • Leslie Scalapino
  • and more...
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Editorial Reviews

Pacific Rim Review of Books
"In a rich preface and introduction to this volume, editor Andrew Schelling insightfully places poetry firmly at the center of North American Buddhist engagement. Significantly, in the kind of bold gesture that we saw in his exceptional essay collection Wild Form, Savage Grammar, Schelling contends as a consequence of Buddhism's gradual migration and evolution throughout Southern, Southeast, Central, and East Asia, and now the Americas, poets from these regions themselves collectively comprise 'a tangle of unnamed but deeply influential lineages' within the religion's 2500-year teaching tradition. Milarepa, the Tang and Sung Chinese masters, Japan's wandering Zen bards, the American Beats... suddenly, it's so obvious, but no one else seems to have mentioned it quite this way before. [...] Schelling, who has arrived as one of America's most masterful writers, consistently demonstrates this instructional quality in his writing, while remaining earthy and plain-spoken, His introductory essay here will make useful for any college or university introductory poetry course [...] An excellent supplementary reading list providing bibliographic support into Buddhist, poetic, or ecological practice will also be appreciated by anyone seeking information about or working with dharma. [...] The anthology roster is a judicious mix of front-liners [...] and important second-wave figures [...] and a provocative bundle of others. It's a startling squad of powerful range, depth perception, virtuosity, that—O, merciful Buddha— can also laugh at itself. [...] There is so much one could say about this compendium, especially from gilt-edged sages like Snyder, Kyger, and Sze. As a Wisdom edition its production values are underscored by integrity throughout, and though other Buddhist poetry collections are available these days, nothing else comes close to the excitement packed into this one. [...] [Mike] O'Connor, Master Red Pine, and Han Shan—they go together like ham 'n eggs and hashbrowns, and even tofu aficionados will find plenty to read and love in Schelling's gritty anthology, where thanks to the Buddha, the hits just keep on coming."
Gary Gach
"Erudite, up-to-the-moment, delightful, diverse. Everyone will find favorites they'll want to copy and share with friends."
New York Resident
"The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry, edited by Andrew Schelling, provides a sweeping overview of modern poetry as viewed by writers whose lives have been influenced by Buddhist philosophy and theology. Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gary Snyder are the most famous poets here, but don't worry if you don't recognize many of the others by name. You will recognize the powerof their language, the brilliance of their observational skills and themajesty of their art."
Sir Readalot
"The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry can be appreciated as an elegant, shining jewel. Taken as a whole, this treasury is a unique contribution to the world of American poetry."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861713929
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,456,372
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Schelling is a poet, essayist, and translator of the poetry of India. He has taught at Naropa University for twenty years and from 1993-96 served as chair of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics founded by Alan Ginsburg and Anne Waldman. His publications include Tea Shack Interior and The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

From Asia 28
Sun storm 42
How Thubten sang his songs 43
Bardo 44
Body as what is remembered 45
Autonomy of the mind 46
After the night 49
By the wayside 50
Summer in Nangchen 51
Three "dharma poems" 54
To Philip Whalen, 1999 55
Tassajara, early 1970's 57
I fail as a dharma teacher 59
In this landscape 60
For Suzuki Roshi 61
Death Sunyata chant : a rite for passing over 62
Travel poem for Sheppard 66
Bodhidharma never came to Hatboro 68
Raven's revenge 70
A Buddha in the woodpile 74
From Success : Tuesday, 17 April 78
From Success : Saturday, 1 December 79
From Success : Monday, 3 December 80
Favorable prospects 81
I've changed 82
How the mighty have fallen 83
When you open the gates 85
Poetry's a way not a subject 86
Lotus sutra 87
Slipped away 88
The New York poem 90
Seducing the sparrow 92
What the water knows 93
To Harden Carruth on his eightieth birthday 94
Midsummer 96
Reply to T'ao Ch'ien 98
The orchid flower 99
Against certainty 102
Theology 103
Lighthouse 105
Reading Chinese poetry before dawn 106
Studying Wu Wei, Muir Beach 107
The dead do not want us dead 109
Inspiration 110
After long silence 111
Recalling a Sung Dynasty landscape 112
Why Bodhidharma went to Howard Johnson's 113
A cedary fragrance 114
A high-five for 1-5 116
Picking up stones 122
Threads, 11 128
Threads, 12 130
Threads, 20 132
It certainly was divine running into you 136
For your birthday, Philip 137
"Snow fall on green leaves" 139
Watching TV 140
On the other side 141
I blinked my eyes, looked up 142
"Replacement Buddhas" 143
Wide mind 144
"The dew sweet law" 145
'Retirement' 146
Once again another century ahead 147
To live in this world again 148
From Plum stones : seven 150
From Plum stones : fourteen 154
From Plum stones : fifteen 158
Thoreau's eyes 161
Unchanged 163
From Touching the edge : dharma devotions from the hummingbird Sangha : 34 164
From Touching the edge : dharma devotions from the hummingbird Sangha : 46 166
From Touching the edge : dharma devotions from the hummingbird Sangha : 98 168
From Touching the edge : dharma devotions from the hummingbird Sangha : 99 170
From Haiku Rows 172
Souvenir from anywhere 176
Mantra for a classless society, or Mr. Roget's neighborhood 177
Xenophobic nightmare in a foreign language 178
Zen acorn 180
Kamasutra sutra 181
[Buddhas ears are droopy touch his shoulders] 184
Lozenge 185
[Unorthodox & impractical one not led] 186
[Sitting there nearly translucent you'll end up] 187
Shred 188
[House on fire my mom's] 189
Mission Dolores 190
Captive and able 191
Dark 192
Calm in the vegetable beard of time 193
[Crows and grackles grackles] 194
[Roll in your skull gone green] 195
Kerouac Creek work tune 198
Kuan-yin Shan : Mother-of-mercy Mountain 199
On the road to Denver in a coat and tie 201
Soliloquy of the Danish cloister 204
Sakura 206
Yes Yoko Ono 210
The gathering at the orchid pavilion 217
Office Feng Shui 219
Fruit they had in common 220
Amrta : the neuropharmacology of nirvana 222
Container of stars 240
Bardo of leaving 260
Bardo of perception 261
Bardo of writing 262
Contentment 264
Yojimbo 266
Mountain Peak grave 268
Prayer flag 269
Reading Chiyo-Ni, 1703-1775, Japanese woman haikuist 271
South Ridge Zendo 272
From It's go in quiet illumined grass land 274
Haibun 282
Haibun flycatcher 283
Tyger tyger 284
A perfection of wisdom suite 287
March crescent moon song 296
Working on the '58 Willys pickup 298
Breasts 300
Walking through Myoshin-ji 302
For cattle 303
Really the real 304
Waiting for a ride 306
Coffee, markets, blossoms 307
No shadow 308
Before sunrise 310
Solstice Quipu 311
Thermodynamics 312
Inflorescence 313
In the living room 320
Hearing about the virtual destruction of pain 322
The first Zen abbess of America 323
Retreat toward the spring 324
A man whose name rhymes with peace 325
As if there were any matter 326
The heart stumbles in darkness 327
Recollections of being 328
Kluane, the Yukon 329
The paper river 332
Topiary rooster 334
Tutelage 337
Marijuana 339
The quality of striving 342
My listener 343
Let's talk 345
The shadow of a loom 348
Untitled 349
With a little notebook at the Met 350
Fables of the beginning and remains of the origin 353
Thirst 359
Wind 362
Anecdotal evidence 364
Changs 366
The simple life 372
Somewhere else 373
The Elizabethan phrase 374
For Shunko Enjo 375
Dharmakaya 376
Pathogenesis 377
Epigrams & imitations 378
Grievances 379
The imperfect sonnet 380
On the way to the Zendo 381
Hymnus ad patrem sinensis 382
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