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Black Illumination: Zen and the poetry of death

Books Jul 2, 2016

Black Illumination: Zen and the poetry of death

by Eugene Thacker

On a winter morning in 1360, Zen master Kozan Ichikyo gathered together his pupils. Kozan, 77, told them that, upon his death, they should bury his body, perform no ceremony and hold no services in his memory. Sitting in the traditional Zen posture, he ...

Takuboku Ishikawa: engaged observer

General Apr 11, 2015

Takuboku Ishikawa: engaged observer

by Roger Pulvers

The society of Takuboku Ishikawa's era was in dramatic political flux, and its complex issues became his personal obsessions. After his death, Takuboku's preoccupations came to be seen as a symbol of the social and emotional upheavals of his times. The key word in the ...

So Happy to See Cherry Blossoms

Books / Reviews Sep 6, 2014

So Happy to See Cherry Blossoms

by Daniel Robson

From great disaster flows great poetry, and this collection of haiku, collated by Madoka Mayuzumi on her visits to the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 and translated into English, offers insight from those who lost so ...