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Zen Poetry Art Of Stryk
     

Zen Poetry Art Of Stryk

by Susan Porterfield, Lucien Stryk (Other)
 

Lucien Stryk has been a presence in American letters for almost fifty years. Those who know his poetry well will find this collection particularly gratifying. Like journeying again to places visited long ago, Stryk’s writing is both familiar and wonderfully fresh.

For those just becoming acquainted with Stryk’s work, Zen, Poetry, the Art of

Overview

Lucien Stryk has been a presence in American letters for almost fifty years. Those who know his poetry well will find this collection particularly gratifying. Like journeying again to places visited long ago, Stryk’s writing is both familiar and wonderfully fresh.

For those just becoming acquainted with Stryk’s work, Zen, Poetry, the Art of Lucien Stryk makes an excellent introduction. It includes his early essay, “The American Scene Versus the International Scene,” written shortly after his service in the Pacific during World War II, and “Digging In,” his first published poem, as well as some of his best-known pieces on Zen and Zen poetry. Among the latter are “Beginnings, Ends,” “Poetry and Zen,” “I Fear Nothing: A Note on the Zen Poetry of Death,” and his introduction to the great haiku poets, Issa and Basho. Selections of his most recent work include “The Red Rug: An Introduction to Poetry,” and an imagined conversation among all four leading haiku poets called “Meeting at Hagi-no-Tera.”

Porterfield’s informative collection includes essays about Stryk’s work as well as his own prose and poetry. As the volume makes clear, writing poetry is for Lucien Stryk a sacred act. It is both escape and communion, inseparable from life’s daily activities.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In a career spanning some 40 years, poet Stryk has published over 30 books, most recently The Great Gift of Poetry (Regnery Gateway, 1992). In this treasure of a book, editor Porterfield has put together a superb collection of essays by and about the poet, whose prose has not been compiled before. Although he is usually identified in terms of his experiences with Zen Buddhism and his translations of Japanese Zen poetry, Stryk was raised in the Midwest and has traveled widely. The contents of this volume are divided into his thoughts on poetry and Zen and a selection of essays about Stryk and his art. Particular gems include an essay by Stryk's Swedish translators and two interviews. The book concludes with a selection of Stryk's poetry, thoughtfully chosen with an eye to poems most frequently mentioned in the previous essays. Strongly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-- Chuck Malenfant, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge
Booknews
A great selection of works by and about Lucien Stryk, poet, translator, and revelator of Zen. The volume is divided into four sections: Lucien Stryk on poets and poetry; Lucien Stryk on Zen; on the poet (pieces by Ralph J. Mills, Gary Eddy, David Ewick, and Lennart Nyberg and Casper Verner-Carlsson); and selected poetry of Lucien Stryk. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804009751
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
10/15/1993
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.39(h) x 1.22(d)
Lexile:
1280L (what's this?)

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