Cuckoo's Blood: Versions of Zen Poetry

Cuckoo s Blood Versions of Zen Poetry We need poets like this Mr Berg relentlessly describes what we would often prefer to forget but can t allow ourselves to forget The New York Times Book ReviewCertain poems of Zen masters including wo

  • Title: Cuckoo's Blood: Versions of Zen Poetry
  • Author: Stephen Berg Steven Antinoff
  • ISBN: 9781556592683
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • We need poets like this Mr Berg relentlessly describes what we would often prefer to forget but can t allow ourselves to forget The New York Times Book ReviewCertain poems of Zen masters, including work by Ikkyu, Basho, and Dogen, have haunted and nourished readers from around the world for centuries and Steven Berg for fifty years Driven to know what these people t We need poets like this Mr Berg relentlessly describes what we would often prefer to forget but can t allow ourselves to forget The New York Times Book ReviewCertain poems of Zen masters, including work by Ikkyu, Basho, and Dogen, have haunted and nourished readers from around the world for centuries and Steven Berg for fifty years Driven to know what these people thought, believed, felt, Berg rewrote existing translations to create provocative, energized, and multilayered versions.These are not new poems, nor are they old poems These are explorations into the deeper resonances of Zen masters, expounding on the simple themes of the minute and overpowering This is Zen poetry to the core, nodding to the poets who came before while breathing new life into the forms and meanings Deathsong, by Hakuin Punch your fist mind of a fist through this black wall al ways in front of you always the next step you can ttake as you walk into it through it but can tbecause it s who you are but can t be do not wantto be nothing but the place where you were are won tbe slam this fist of a fist into the wall thatisn t even here built of the billion nows youswhich when it finally is you finally face it youpass through like a raw black breathStephen Berg is the founder and co editor of The American Poetry Review and author of numerous collections of poetry and translations He lives in Philadelphia.

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    1. Instead of translations of poems by Zen masters, Berg does "versions" based on his reading of multiple translations over the years. The results are great new poems that echo the old ones, but sound as if they were written today. No archaic, stilted "translator-ese" language. Great stuff.

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