What Book!? by Gary Gach
Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop

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What Book!? is a lively anthology of modern mindful poetry, featuring 330 selections from 125 contributors. Also included are "mind-writing exercises" by Allen Ginsberg and a meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Themes include love, nature, pacifism and violence, the avant-garde, family, silence, and song. The contents include original work and translations; performance art and conceptual art; lyrics, arias, and blues; picture poems and calligraphy; prose poetry and sonnets; haiku; meditations and sutras; journal entries; bucolics; jeremiads; postmodernism; and other artifacts from the intersection of meditation and art.

Its rich tapestry of voices includes Peter Coyote, Maxine Hong Kingston, Yoko Ono, Czeslaw Milosz, Robinson Jeffers, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lawson Inada, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Thomas Merton, Robert Aitken, Norman Fischer, Gary Snyder, Diane de Prima, Mary Oliver, Stephen Mitchell, bell hooks, Adam Yauch, brand-new discoveries, and children of all ages.

About Gary Gach

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Gary Gach has been a student of Buddhism for more than 40 years and is a consultant to the Buddhist Film Society as well as the Unified Buddhist Church. He is co-translator of Ko Un, Koreas greatest living Zen poet, and has worked as the arts and religion editor for "AsianWeek" and as a contributing editor to the "San Francisco Review of Books," He is the editor of "What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to HipHop, Peter Coyote's feature film credits include E.T., Jagged Edge, Buffalo Girls, and Outrageous Fortune. On stage, he appeared in the world premiere of True West. He also appears on the BDD Audio productions of Gary Paulsen's The River and Canyons.
Published June 1, 2009 by Parallax Press. 272 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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