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What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop


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ISBN13: 9780938077923
ISBN10: 0938077929
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Now in its third printing, this visionary project received the 1999 American Book Award. Topics included the Three Jewels, pacifism, engagement, innovation, nature, song, and silence. What Book? contains forms ranging from picture poems and calligraphy, guided meditations, and rambling journals, to conceptual and performance art, arias, and haiku.


What Book!? is an anthology of modern, mindful poetry, lyrics, Zen calligraphy and other artifacts from the intersection of meditation and art. The ageless mutual influence of poetry and spirituality became diffuse on-line the 20th century.

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nobodhi, December 28, 2007 (view all comments by nobodhi)
Steve Silberman (of WiReD) calls it "a book in the form of a koan waiting to be practiced."

NAPRA Review said:
"This is 'mindful poetry' at its best."

Library Journal wrote:
The movement of Eastern religions to the West has been one of the most remarkable phenomena of the 20th century. Beginning in the mid-1950s and continuing into the late 1990s, the influence of Buddhism (along with other Eastern religions) has been evident, perhaps most strongly in the arts and particularly strongly in contemporary American poetry. Here is an enormous anthology of poetry celebrating that phenomenon. Gach has collected poems from a broad variety of sources?almost too broad?selecting works by greats like Allen Ginsberg, Mary Oliver, and Gary Snyder and mixing them with poems by children, elders, first-time poets, and Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Thomas Merton. Add poems by composers/performers Laurie Anderson, John Cage, and Yoko Ono, and the result is a splendid, flavorful and aromatic stew. One could argue that the book is way too long and that the editor has included too many mediocre poems. But the freshness and authenticity of even the most inexpertly written pieces is appealing. Highly recommended.

And Powell's Books' very own Chris Faatz wrote:
It's certainly refreshing to see the market burgeoning with anthologies of Dharma poetry. It's much more refreshing when a book such as this one appears that emphasizes the Dharma itself rather than the convenient attraction of big names. Thich Nhat Hanh repeatedly says there are 84,000 Dharma doors, and that he ardently wishes for the opening of even more. Gary Gach's fine anthology strikes me as a joyous experience of Thich Nhat Hanh's wish come true.

More reviews — by Jerome Rothenberg, Robert Creeley, Jane Hirshfield, and Walter Lew — at http:// word.to/reviews.html

[ cf also word.to/whatweb.html ]

I believe these are some of the very last copies available *new* of this groundbreaking, eclectic anthology — 30 selections from 125 contributors. Additional "print-on-demand" copies will (for the time being) thence be available from the publisher via Amazon.com — unless public demand warrants a fourth printing.

May all beings be well.
palms joined,
Gary Gach

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Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop
Gach, Gary
Foreword by:
Coyote, Peter
Coyote, Peter
Gach, Gary
Coyote, Peter
Gach, Gary
Coyote, Peter
Parallax Press
Berkeley, Calif. :
American - General
Anthologies (multiple authors)
American poetry
20th century
American poetry -- 20th century.
Buddhism - General
POETRY / Inspirational & Religious
Inspirational & Religious
Buddhist poetry, American
Poetry -Anthologies
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Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
8 x 4.5 in 8 oz

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