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Zen, poetry, the art of Lucien Stryk /
edited by Susan Porterfield.
imprint
Athens : Swallow Press : Ohio Univ. Press, 1993.
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xi, 388 p.
ISBN
0804009759
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imprint
Athens : Swallow Press : Ohio Univ. Press, 1993.
isbn
0804009759
catalogue key
240366
 
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-11-01:
In a career spanning some 40 years, poet Stryk has published over 30 books, most recently The Great Gift of Poetry (Regnery Gateway, 1992). In this treasure of a book, editor Porterfield has put together a superb collection of essays by and about the poet, whose prose has not been compiled before. Although he is usually identified in terms of his experiences with Zen Buddhism and his translations of Japanese Zen poetry, Stryk was raised in the Midwest and has traveled widely. The contents of this volume are divided into his thoughts on poetry and Zen and a selection of essays about Stryk and his art. Particular gems include an essay by Stryk's Swedish translators and two interviews. The book concludes with a selection of Stryk's poetry, thoughtfully chosen with an eye to poems most frequently mentioned in the previous essays. Strongly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-- Chuck Malenfant, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
Lucien Stryk has been a presence in American letters for almost fifty years. Those who know his poetry well will find this collection particularly gratifying. Like journeying again to places visited long ago, Stryks writing is both familiar and wonderfully fresh. For those just becoming acquainted with Stryks work, "Zen, Poetry, the Art of Lucien Stryk" makes an excellent introduction. It includes his early essay, "The American Scene Versus the International Scene," written shortly after his service in the Pacific during World War II, and "Digging In," his first published poem, as well as some of his best-known pieces on Zen and Zen poetry. Among the latter are "Beginnings, Ends," "Poetry and Zen," "I Fear Nothing: A Note on the Zen Poetry of Death," and his introduction to the great haiku poets, Issa and Basho. Selections of his most recent work include "The Red Rug: An Introduction to Poetry," and an imagined conversation among all four leading haiku poets called "Meeting at Hagi-no-Tera." Porterfields informative collection includes essays about Stryks work as well as his own prose and poetry. As the volume makes clear, writing poetry is for Lucien Stryk a sacred act. It is both escape and communion, inseparable from lifes daily activities.
Main Description
Lucien Stryk has been a presence in American letters for almost fifty years. Those who know his poetry well will find this collection particularly gratifying. Like journeying again to places visited long ago, Stryk's writing is both familiar and wonderfully fresh. For those just becoming acquainted with Stryk's work, Zen, Poetry, the Art of Lucien Stryk makes an excellent introduction. It includes his early essay, "The American Scene Versus the International Scene," written shortly after his service in the Pacific during World War II, and "Digging In," his first published poem, as well as some of his best-known pieces on Zen and Zen poetry. Among the latter are "Beginnings, Ends," "Poetry and Zen," "I Fear Nothing: A Note on the Zen Poetry of Death," and his introduction to the great haiku poets, Issa and Basho. Selections of his most recent work include "The Red Rug: An Introduction to Poetry," and an imagined conversation among all four leading haiku poets called "Meeting at Hagi-no-Tera." Porterfield's informative collection includes essays about Stryk's work as well as his own prose and poetry. As the volume makes clear, writing poetry is for Lucien Stryk a sacred act. It is both escape and communion, inseparable from life's daily activities.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. x
Introductionp. 1
The American Scene Versus the International Scenep. 15
Lucien Stryk on Poems Ana Poetryp. 23
Making Poemsp. 25
What? Why This. This Onlyp. 41
A World Language of Poetry?p. 48
Note on Translating Japanese Zen Poetryp. 51
Verse Free and Otherwisep. 53
The Future of Poetryp. 55
Beyond Poetryp. 57
The Red Rug: an Introduction to Poetryp. 60
Lucien Stryk: an Interviewp. 76
Lucien Stryk on Zenp. 97
Let the Spring Breeze Enter: the Quest of Zenp. 99
Beginnings, Endsp. 106
Zen Poetryp. 117
Painter and Poetp. 134
Shinkichi Takahashi: Contemporary Zen Poetp. 144
Death of a Zen Poet: Shinkichi Takahashi (1901-1987)p. 156
I Fear Nothing: a Note on the Zen Poetry of Deathp. 166
Buddhism and Modern Manp. 176
Poetry and Zenp. 196
The Sound of Tearing/ the Destroyer of Booksp. 211
Notesp. 215
Introduction to Encounter with Zenp. 217
Introduction to on Love and Barley: Haiku of Bashop. 223
Preface to Crow with No Mouth: Ikkyup. 233
Introduction to the Dumpling Field: Haiku of Issap. 240
Modern Japanese Haikup. 251
Encounter with Lucien Strykp. 269
On the Poetp. 277
Lucien Sfryk's Poetryp. 279
Notesp. 291
Earning the Language: the Writing of Lucien Strykp. 293
From """"Zen: the Rocks of Sesshu"""" to """"Triumph of the Sparrow: Zen Poems of Shinkichi Takahashi"""": the Japanese Sources of Lucien Stryk's Early Poemsp. 314
Notesp. 337
Translating Lucien Strykp. 341
Selected Poetry of Lucien Strykp. 345
Books by Lucien Strykp. 387
Works Citedp. 388
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