Disturbing the Buddha

Disturbing the Buddha

by Barry Dempster

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ISBN-13: 9781771314343
Publisher: Brick Books
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Barry Dempster, twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award, is the author of fourteen previous collections of poetry. His collection The Burning Alphabet won the Canadian Authors’ Association Chalmers Award for Poetry in 2005. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and in 2014 he was nominated for the Trillium Award for his novel, The Outside World. He lives in Holland Landing, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Centre of Attention

A Circle of White Deck Chairs 3

Toy Box 5

The Word of God 7

The Explained World 8

The Walk Home 9

As Close as Distance 10

Be Drunk 11

Tampering 12

The ABCs 13

Mensch 15

Colour Samples 16

Our Lives and Nothing Less 18

As They Pour the Thirteenth Floor 20

The Turtles Practice Finitism 21

Ten Thousand Repetitions

A Minor Accomplishment

Toy Box 2: Princess 33

Love - after Beatrix Potter 35

Six Toasts to Neglected Body Parts 37

Portrait of Aphrodite 40

The Back Seat 42

Swallows 43

Rundle Lounge 44

Full of Flame 45

The Widow 46

Whiteouts 47

Spider 48

Love's Body 49

Death Notices

Rothko 53

Mother Ash 54

Dangling 57

Death Notices 58

1 Sweet Drowning - after Yeats 58

2 Sweet Revenge - after Plath 59

3 Sweet Transformation - after Whitman 60

4 Sweet Oblivion - after Sexton 61

Positivity 62

Milton's Grave 62

Slaughter 65

White Pansy, 1927 - Georgia O'Keeffe 66

Postcard from Lorca, August 1936 67

McMichael Gallery, After Hours 68

Amy Winehouse 69

The Weeping Monkey - after Julie Oakes 70

Disturbing The Buddha

1 Psalm 19 73

2 Lao-tzu 74

3 Seng-ts'an 75

4 Kukai 76

5 Wu-men 77

6 Rumi 78

7 Mechthild of Magdeburg 79

8 Kabir 80

9 Gensei 81

10 Ryokan 82

Acknowledgements 85

Biographical Note 87

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