Monday, December 8, 2008

Zen Poems - Lucien Stryk

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Zen Poems - Lucien Stryk

This anthology, jointly translated by a Japanese scholar and an American poet, is the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind to appear in English. Their collaboration has rendered translations both precise and sublime, and their selection, which span 1,500 years, from the early T’ang dynasty to the present day, includes many poems that have never before been translated into English. Stryk and Ikemoto offer us Zen poetry in all its diversity: Chinese poems of enlightenment and death, poems of the Japanese masters, many haiku — the quintessential Zen art — and an impressive selection of poems by Shinkichi Takahashi, Japan’s greatest contemporary Zen poet. With Zen Poetry, Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto have graced us with a compellingly beautiful collection, which in their translations is pure literary pleasure, illuminating the world vision to which these poems give permanent expression.

1. Enlightenment Poems of the Chinese Zen Masters (6:39)
2. Death Poems of the Chinese Zen Masters (8:03)
3. Poems of the Japanese Zen Masters (11:58)
4. Poems of the Japanese Zen Masters: Continued (8:00)
5. Shinkichi Takahashi - Contemporary Japanese Master (6:42)
6. Zen Poems of Lucien Stryk (13:45)


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