Triumph of the Sparrow: Zen Poems of Shinkichi Takahashi (English and Japanese Edition)

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Shinkichi Takahashi is one of the truly great figures in world poetry. In the classic Zen tradition of economy, disciplined attention, and subtlety, Takahashi lucidly captures that which is contemporary in its problems and experiences, yet classic in its quest for unity with the Absolute. Lucien Stryk, Takahashi's fellow poet and close friend, here presents Takahashi's complete body of Zen poems in an English translation that conveys the grace and power of Takahashi's superb art. "A first-rate poet . . . [Takahashi] springs out of some crack between ordinary worlds: that is, there is some genuine madness of the sort striven for in Zen." -- Robert Bly; "We visit places in Takahashi that we once may have visited in a dream, or in a moment too startling to record the perception. . . . You need know nothing of Zen to become immersed in his work. You will inevitably know something of Zen when you emerge." -- Jim Harrison, American Poetry Review

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Takahashi considers himself a Zennist first, a poet second: he claims his philosophy is more important to him than anything he writes. His poems are essentially the expression of his Zen, and many of them read like koans , full of seeming paradox (``I need nothing, not even life'') and may be difficult even for the reader versed in Zen. Yet, obscurity is more than compensated for by Takahashi's strong imagery (``Sunbeams, spokes of a stopped wheel,/ Blaze through the leaves of a branch''), and his ability to identify with nature and precisely render the experience of a particular bird, beast, or flower. The nature poems have a universal appeal, and Stryk's excellent introduction and interview with the poet make this a valuable addition to larger collections. David Sowd, Stark Cty. District Lib., Canton, Ohio
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