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This anthology, together translated through a jap student and an American poet, is the most important and so much complete number of its type to seem in English. Their collaboration has rendered translations either detailed and elegant, and their choice, which span 1,500 years, from the early T’ang dynasty to the current day, comprises many poems that experience by no means earlier than been translated into English. Stryk and Ikemoto supply us Zen poetry in all its variety: chinese language poems of enlightenment and loss of life, poems of the japanese masters, many haiku — the imperative Zen paintings — and a magnificent collection of poems via Shinkichi Takahashi, Japan’s maximum modern Zen poet. With Zen Poetry, Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto have graced us with a compellingly appealing assortment, which of their translations is natural literary excitement, illuminating the realm imaginative and prescient to which those poems provide everlasting expression.

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The telephone earrings, bringing note Shinkichi Takahashi died final evening. And so the area is going on. Now the squirrels scamper in the course of the branches, making leaves dance just like the poet’s sparrows wing-stroking an elegy in air.

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