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2 commentsYesterday, the US Library of Congress named W.S. Merwin as the country's Poet Laureate. Merwin, who moved to Hawaii in 1976 to study Zen with Robert Aitken, is a longtime Buddhist and a prolific writer. His appointment is timely: As a nature writer and an environmental activist, Merwin has the power to call attention to America's wars and the devastation of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The New York Times reports: Mr. Merwin’s appointment is potentially inspired. He is an exacting nature poet, a fierce critic of the ecological damage humans have wrought. More »
3 commentsThe new issue of Zen Monster is out and available wherever cool literary zines are sold (although see below.) This issue seems more prosy but nor more prosaic than the last. Highlights: Gary Snyder's "Formalism and Elitism in Zen," an interview the poet Alice Notley, and Dairyu Michael Wenger's entrancing ink-on-rice paper paintings (which can also be seen at his blog Inklings) that punctuate the 300+ pages. This issue is probably twice as thick as the first, which we mentioned here a while back. More »
3 commentsFive recordings of the great Buddhist poet Dick Allen are now available on the homepage of the Tricycle Community. They are: “Zen Living”, “The American Zen Master”, “At the Shrine of the Lost Cause”, “Plum”, and “Meditation on Poems for the Nine Monks”. I had the tremendous privilege of getting to record this audio over the phone with Mr. Allen earlier this year. More »