This unique, funny and inspiring book of poems documents the poet's journey into greater and greater joy as she spends more time with her statue of the Laughing Buddha. "She practically dares the universe to bring her down, and it cannot do so. In poem after poem, laughter triumphs over whatever comes her way. It is a literate, knowing laughter," that will set the reader "smiling, then laughing, then seeing, then smiling a deeper kind of smile." Jane Marla Robbins is a National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Grant finalist.
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About the Author
A finalist for a National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Grant, Jane was commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to write and perform the one-woman play Reminiscences of Mozart by His Sister, which she also performed at Lincoln Center in New York. Her one-woman play, Miriam's Dance, in verse, about Moses' sister, was produced in New York and Los Angeles. Her most recent play, A Radical Friendship, a two-hander about Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Heschel, was last seen in Los Angeles starring Ed Asner as Rabbi Heschel. Her first book, Acting Techniques for Everyday Life: Look and Feel Self-Confident in Difficult Real-Life Situations, has sold over forty thousand copies. Its accompanying deck of cards, Perform At Your Best: Acting Techniques for Business, Social, and Personal Success, won the Gold Axiom Business Book Award. Author of the chapbook, Dogs in Topanga, Jane can be seen reading some of the poems in this book on YouTube. For more information visit: janemarlarobbins.com.
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Poems of The Laughing Buddha based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Love is the greatest gift of all. When a poet describes such beauty for a Laughing Buddha only smiles and tears can ease such heartache. In “Buddha’s Cake,” I thought of my own birthday celebrations, usually with cake. But I like the notion of everyone being equal “In Dante’s Heaven…” and no more need for envy. Of a heavenly world, where hearts are mended. Life comes full circle in “The Bones Of The Buddha.” Every person that has ever been born and has passed away continues to live in everything and everyone around us. And every stone and bone, including the Buddha’s, is “Descended from the stars.” We are all linked forever. This wise Laughing Buddha has allowed the author to touch my heart. I learned about the wonders and obstacles in the author’s life. From childhood to the present day, it is this Buddha that has opened the door and told the story of this poet. A love for life is what the Laughing Buddha brings. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
This slim volume of short poems was an enjoyable read. The poet’s relationship with her Laughing Buddha unfolds through short observations and speculations. Ms. Robbins has personified her garden Buddha and she seems to actually communicate with and through him. As you read the poems (recommended to be read from beginning to end), the Buddha seems to come to life. I enjoyed reading these poems, though found some to hint at loneliness and pain. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.