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Black Zodiac by Charles Wright : The Poetry Foundation [poem] : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry.

Black Zodiac by Charles Wright : The Poetry Foundation [poem] : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry. | Eye Read | Scoop.it
Darkened by time, the masters, like our memories, mix / And mismatch, / and settle about our lawn furniture, like air / Without a meaning, like air in its clear nothingness.
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Up Front with Andre Dubus IIII

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Andre Dubus III on writing as a “sustained act of empathy.”...

 

“It seems to me that the primary job of the artist is to paint the gray,” he said via e-mail, “to capture the texture of this life without moralizing or pontificating. This is a sustained act of empathy, and one of the things I admire most about [Richard] Ford’s new novel ["Canada"] is how carefully he traces one family’s fall into darkness, one small, bad adult decision at a time. What are we turning away from? Our higher selves, I think, that small god in each of us that seems to know better than we do what the right action actually is. I tried to wrestle with all this in ‘Townie,’ too. I love this line from Tom Waits’s ‘Heartattack and Vine’: ‘There ain’t no devil; there’s just God when he’s drunk.’ If I have a theology, that’s it.”

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Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei - Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei - Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen | Eye Read | Scoop.it

Murmured Conversations is the first complete and rigorously annotated translation of Sasamegoto (1463–1464), considered the most important and representative poetic treatise of the medieval period in Japan because of its thoroughgoing construction of poetry as a way to attain, and signify through language, the mental liberation (satori) that is the goal of Buddhist practice. It is a fascinating document revealing the central place of Buddhist philosophy in medieval Japanese artistic practices. Shinkei (1406–1475), the author of the treatise, is himself a major poet, regarded as the most brilliant among the practitioners of linked poetry (renga) in the Muromachi Period.

 

Along with the extensive annotations, Ramirez-Christensen's commentaries illuminate the significance of each section of the treatise within the context of waka and renga poetics, of the history of classical Japanese aesthetic principles in general and of Shinkei's thought in particular, and the role of Buddhism in the contemporary understanding of cultural practices like poetry. This is the most comprehensive presentation available in English of a major classical Japanese critical text.

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This Truth Never Fails by David Rynick, a book review « Sweeping Zen – The Zen Buddhism Database

This Truth Never Fails by David Rynick, a book review « Sweeping Zen – The Zen Buddhism Database | Eye Read | Scoop.it

This Truth Never Fails: A Zen Memoir in Four Seasons by David Rynick does not fail to bring the heart of Zen practice home. Rynick, a Zen teacher and Life Coach, offers his lived experience of Zen in delightfully intimate detail and in a manner that dissolves the bewildering, misleading myths of Zen practice. With the ever-constant changing of the seasons as a guide, Rynick takes us on a journey, bearing witness to the simplicity and elegance of the every day, the moment in hand, the singular and unique breath. The lessons we learn are not only about waking up and choosing which self we will wear for the day. They are about joining with Summer’s aliveness, Autumn’s release, Winter’s...

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Alliance for Wild Ethics || Key Quotes from The Spell of the Sensuous || Copyright © David Abram

Alliance for Wild Ethics || Key Quotes from The Spell of the Sensuous || Copyright © David Abram | Eye Read | Scoop.it
The book "The Spell of the Sensuous" is on my must read list for 2011. This is one of the best nonfiction works to come out in years.

This site, the "Alliance for Wild Ethics," is the work of the author of the book, David Abram.

Here, you will find his selection of key quotes from his book ...

Key Quotes from
The Spell of the Sensuous
by David Abram

Caught up in a mass of abstractions, our attention hypnotized by a host of human-made technologies that only reflect us back to ourselves, it is all too easy for us to forget our carnal inherence in a more-than-human matrix of sensations and sensibilities. Our bodies have formed themselves in delicate reciprocity with the manifold textures, sounds, and shapes of an animate earth – our eyes have evolved in subtle interaction with other eyes, as our ears are attuned by their very structure to the howling of wolves and the honking of geese. To shut ourselves off from these other voices, to continue by our lifestyles to condemn these other sensibilities to the oblivion of extinction, is to rob our own senses of their integrity, and to rob our minds of their coherence. We are human only in contact, and conviviality, with what is not human.
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Reading this book now--a beautiful read. Thanks for sharing!
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David Abram: Becoming Animal

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David Abram's first book, The Spell of the Sensuous - hailed as "revolutionary" by the Los Angeles Times, as "daring and truly original" by Science - has become a classic of environmental literature. Now Abram returns with a startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature.
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Travel guide: 'Swamplandia!' and the Everglades

Karen Russells Swamplandia!, novel, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is named for the fictional gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades it depicts.


[Curator's note:  Recommended book. Recommended travel destination. Also check out EvergladesReview.com blog.]

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‘Canada,’ by Richard Ford (NYT review by Andre Dubus III

‘Canada,’ by Richard Ford (NYT review by Andre Dubus III | Eye Read | Scoop.it
In Richard Ford’s novel, a teenage boy’s life is changed when his parents make the unlikely decision to rob a bank.

 

All of us who care about language and stories and this place and time in which we live really have no choice. Eventually and eventfully we will read a work or two, or the whole ouvre, of Richard Ford. Novelist Andre Dubus III, reviews Ford's latest at the New York Times Sunday Book Review (June 7, 2012). In a front note to the review he also marvels at he deep sympathy Ford feels toward his chracters, surely a trait of all genuine story tellers.

 

Dubus writes in his review that "'Canada'  is blessed with two essential strengths in equal measure — a mesmerizing story driven by authentic and fully realized characters, and a prose style so accomplished it is tempting to read each sentence two or three times before being pulled to the next.

 

"'Canada' is a tale of what happens when we cross certain lines and can never go back. It is an examination of the redemptive power of articulated memory, and it is a masterwork by one of our finest writers working at the top of his form.

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Zen Buddhism & Psychoanalysis

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[What follows is a "User Review" found on "Google Play." It's about a vitally significant essay I read and re-read. It was first published in 1970. From a contemporary psychological and existential perspective, it provides an incredibly useful and deep understanding of the Zen approach to resolving the subject-object "problem" each ego, or "I", encounters in life. I recommend the essay to all who seek, or have sought, to develop clarity about the perceived gap separating self and other.]

 

Richard DeMartino wrote his 'The Human Situation and Zen Buddhism' with the intention of describing exactly this as completely and rigorously as possible. The essay should serve as a kind of 'freeze-dried Zen' that can be restored to vitality by the right kind of academic, perhaps years from now when Zen has ceased to be a living tradition. There is no fuller exposition of the plight of the ego in science nor in art. He nails what literary geniuses have only vaguely groped towards.
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The fame of the writers should be regarded as inverse to the worth of the essays in this collection. Fromm was the most famous of the three but he had no real Zen understanding, and his contribution here is somewhat speculative. Suzuki is always good, but DeMartino's essay is his life's masterpiece. Buy this book for it, and make the difficult, repeated efforts necessary to understand it - it pays off.
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A personal intuition of Zen is primary, but if you want an intellectual understanding, this is as good as it gets, to this day. It was never intended for a popular audience and is hard work, but what it's driving at cannot be reduced into lay language without losing something. The reader does not necessarily have to be a psychologist, but does have to be able to read the kind of things professors read. If this is daunting but not altogether beyond you, I simply recommend reading it many times over years; it should sink in. It is an essay that will stay with you and will call you back repeatedly.

 

This book deserves five stars just for DeMartino's essay; it's a no-brainer. Suzuki is more widely published and known so fans of his will find themselves on familiar ground in his essay, which is as good as always. I recommend ignoring Fromm's essay; it will only mislead you.

 

 

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The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

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The Spell of the Sensuous has 507 ratings and 109 reviews. Brandon said: In Chinese medicine, disease is defined as that which goes against the Breath of Na...
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Dead Caulfields

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A site dedicated to the works of J.D. Salinger whose character creation, Seymour Glass, once expressed the wish to be a dead cat when asked by his future mother-in-law what he planned to do now that he'd come home from the war.
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