Book Review: Zen Poems

Title: Zen Poems
Edited by: Peter Harris
Published: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 3/5

A collection of poetry about the Zen philosophy.

This was a wonderful little book. As with most poetry collections, there will always be parts one does not enjoy and other parts one loves.

I like the direct nature of this kind of poetry. I like the presence of nature, and the relationship between nature and man.

One of my favourites from this is "On Seeing the First Bloom of the Lotus" by Jakuren:

Here it is: this
must be that spring to come
outside the vexing world
lotus blossoms opening
through my door, in the dawn sky

Overall, a very enjoyable read. I would recommend it if you like poetry, and especially if you're interested in spirituality.

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A thousand times yes to this edition by the way...


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