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Like his college roommate Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen took both poetry and Zen seriously. He became friends with Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Michael McClure, and played a key role in the explosive poetic revolution of the '50s and '60s. Celebrated for his wisdom and good humor, Whalen transformed the poem for a generation. His writing, taken as a whole, forms a monumental stream of consciousness (or, as Whalen calls it, "continuous nerve movie") of a wild, deeply read, and fiercely independent American—one who refuses to belong, who celebrates and glorifies the small beauties to be found everywhere he looks. This long-awaited Selected Poems is a welcome opportunity to hear his influential voice again.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-[307]).

About the Author

Philip Whalen spent fifteen years of formal Zen training in Santa Fe and San Francisco. He is currently the Abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Overtime Introduction

/The Road-Runner

Homage to Lucretius

"Plus Ça Change . . ."

If You're So Smart, Why Ain't You Rich?

The Slop Barrel: Slices of the Paideuma for All Sentient Beings

Sourdough Mountain Lookout

Further Notice


Literary Life in the Golden West

10:x:57, 45 Years Since the Fall of the Ch'ing Dynasty

For My Father

Metaphysical Insomnia Jazz. Mumonkan xxix.

O:vii:58, On Which I Renounce the Notion of Social Responsibility

Hymnus Ad Patrem Sinensis

Complaint: To the Muse

Prose Take-Out, Portland, 13:ix:58

Self-Portrait Sad, 22:ix:58

Something Nice About Myself

Take, 25:iii:59

A Distraction Fit

Haiku for Mike

Address to the Boobus, with her Hieratic Formulas in Reply

Boobus Hierophante, Her Incantations

To the Moon

Song for 2 Balalaikas on the Corner of 3rd and Market

Since You Ask Me

To a Poet

An Irregular Ode

Haiku, for Gary Snyder

A Vision of the Bodhisattvas


Historical Disquisitions

Dream and Excursus, Arlington Massachusetts

For Albert Saijo

Homage to Rodin

The Daydream

That One

Vector Analysis

One of My Favorite Songs Is Stormy Weather

Friendship Greetings

Early Autumn in Upper Noe Valley

The Chariot

Song to Begin Rohatsu

Spring Musick

For Brother Antoninus

Life and Death and a Letter to My Mother Beyond Them Both

Plums, Metaphysics, an Investigation, a Visit, and a Short Funeral Ode

Three Mornings

Raging Desire &c.

The Fourth of October, 1963

Inside Stuff

Native Speech


The Lotus Sutra, Naturalized

Early Spring

The Metaphysical Town Hall and Bookshop

The Ode to Music


True Confessions

The Preface

Bleakness, Farewell

Homage to William Seward Burroughs

Dear Mr President

Japanese Tea Garden Golden Gate Park in Spring

"A Penny for the Old Guy"


Love Love Love Again

April Showers Bring Rain?

A Morning Walk

"The Sun Rises and Sets in That Child," so my grandmother used to say,

"California Is Odious but Indispensible"

Imagination of the Taj Mahal


That Eyes! Those Nose!


The Life of Literature


Giant Sequoias

L'Enfant Prodigue

Good News and Gospel


Labor Day

Sad Song

Lemon Trees



3 Days Ago

5th Position

Ginkakuji Michi



White River Ode

A Revolution

The War Poem for Diane di Prima

The Garden

Confession and Penance

The Grand Design

Success Is Failure

The Winter

The Winter for Burton Watson


All of it went on the wrong page

The Dharma Youth League


A Romantic and Beautiful Poem Inspired by the Recollection of William Butler Yeats, His Life and Work

International Date Line, Monday / Monday 27:XI:67

America Inside and Outside Bill Brown's House in Bolinas

Life in the City. In Memoriam Edward Gibbon

Allegorical Painting: Capitalistic Society Destroyed by the Contradictions Within Itself. (Second Five-Year Plan.)

To the Revolutionary Cadres of Balboa, Malibu and Santa Barbara

Duerden's Garage, Stinson Beach

Walking Beside the Kamogawa, Remembering Nansen and Fudo and Gary's Poem

Behind the Door

Life at Bolinas. The Last of California

Birthday Poem

Excerpts from"Scenes of Life at the Capital"

Many Colored Squares

"Up in Michigan"

"Old Age Echoes"

The Letter to Thomas Clark 22:VII:71 from Bolinas where He Sat beside Me to Help to Write It

"Horrible Incredible Lies": Keith Lampe Spontaneously

Imaginary Splendors

Public Opinions

Monument Rescue Dim

The Turn

Look Look Look

"I Told Myself": Bobbie Spontaneously

Growing and Changing

October First

Occasional Dilemmas

Ode for You


In the Night

"Stolen and Abandoned"


The Universal and Susquehanna Mercy Co. Dayton, O.


High-tension on Low-pressure Non-accomplishment Blues


Detachment, Wisdom and Compassion

Money Is the Roost of All Eagles

"The Conditions That Prevail"

The Talking Picture

Dream Poems

Murals Not Yet Dreamed

The Vision of Delight

Luxury in August

How to Be Successful and Happy Without Anybody Else Finding Out About It

Compulsive Obligatory Paranoia Flashes

For Clark Coolidge

The Radio Again

Somebody Else's Problem Bothers Me


Defective Circles

Obsolete Models

Many Pages Must Be Thrown Away

The Congress of Vienna

To the Memory Of

"Past Ruin'd Ilion"

Tears and Recriminations


Homage to St. Patrick, Garc&ía Lorca, and the Itinerant Grocer

What About It?

Treading More Water

Treading Water

What? Writing in the Dining Room?

What's New?

Violins in Chaos?

The Bay Trees Were About to Bloom

Dying Tooth Song

Rich Interior, After Thomas Mann

Chanson d'Outre Tombe

Hot Springs Infernal in the Human Beast

Homage to Hart Crane

What Are You Studying, These Days?


Some of These Days

Epigrams and Imitations

For Allen, on His 60th Birthday


Product Details

Rothenberg, Michael
Rothenberg, Michael
Whalen, Philip
Nccsen, Philip
Rothenberg, Michael
Penguin Books
New York :
American - General
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Single Author / American
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
8.94x5.93x.90 in. .98 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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