Dick Allen (2) (1939–2017)

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Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Avustaja, eräät painokset915 kappaletta
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Avustaja — 362 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Avustaja — 208 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Avustaja — 190 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Avustaja — 170 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 1998 (1998) — Avustaja — 160 kappaletta
SF12 (1968) — Avustaja — 135 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2010 (2010) — Avustaja — 121 kappaletta
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Avustaja — 101 kappaletta
The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry (1982) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta

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Zen Master Poems by Dick Allen is the poet’s eighth collection of poetry. Allen is known as a mystical poet, A Zen Buddhist poet, a poet concerned with the turn of the twenty-first century, a poet of contemporary science, and a poet whose style ranges from free verse to formal He has been widely published and has served as Connecticut's poet laureate for five years.

The zen poetry sticks with the zen traditions. It is not something that can be explained if you don't understand. You have to understand on your own or discover the meaning while or after reading. Allen also brings Western ideas to the table of an eastern philosophy. He mentions the Beatles twice and the Who (by lyrics). He also includes the Beat Generation. "As Han-Shan Observed" took me back to Kerouac's Dharma Bums. Japhy Ryder (Gary Snyder) explains the poem "Cold Mountain" to Ray Smith (Jack Kerouac).

Poems range from thought provoking to seemingly impossible. Others capture beauty and inspiration:

The Secret is to Leap

The secret is to leap widely and strangely over the deep
not knowing
what's down there, but certain
in some crevice
there must be a small purple flower.

In another poem, he pays homage to a two-hundred-year-old drinking cup pondering on how many different lips have touched the rim. How many fingerprints are on its handle. How many times has the cup been raised or lowered? In the very next poem, he starts off with “I like phrases” and weaves together a poem of from unrelated phrases. Many of the poems are simply snapshots of a moment in time leaving the reader to discover their importance or significance. In another poem, he speaks of the Vietnam Memorial and Captain Wayne Philip Bundy. I stop reading and research the name trying to attach historical significance to the pilot's death which turned out to be a non-combat death over South Vietnam. I give up and went back to the poem only to learn the significance later in the poem. The significance was not to history but to the poet himself. One must read carefully and not jump to conclusions. There are answers in all the poems, however, we may not see them or even know the questions they answer. Read, contemplate, learn, repeat.

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evil_cyclist | 1 muu arvostelu | Mar 16, 2020 |
***This book was reviewed for Wisdom Publications via Netgalley***

Zen Master Poems by Dick Allen is a lovely collection of modern Zen poetry that brings the essence of Zen into the everyday world. These poems, written in a variety of styles, speak to one on so many levels. They flow beautifully, and will make you stop, to ponder and process, which is what any good poetry should do, but doubly so for Zen poetry. You’ll be left yearning for a simpler life, against the crush of the frenetic pace of daily existence.

Allen’s poems invite one to pause and contemplate the quieter side of the coin, and the fullness of the One Which All and Nothing. I loved the imagery evoked through his words. To Be with a Koan equates existence with lemonade powder dissolving in water, being stirred by something other than one's self, until eventually there is only you, and nothing stirs. How Good It Would Be entices one to think about how peaceful life would if only we could cease questioning things.

How Can I Keep Them Together was a personal favourite. It's all about the question of keeping a child’s sense of wonder into one’s adult years. Words Collected was another favourite. It’s a list poem of colours and materials that reveals itself to be a meditation niche. Moment was a beautiful example of mindfulness in action, focusing on the simple act of opening a jam jar.

These are just a few of the offerings within Allen’s Zen Master Poems. Each and every one is a jewel to be treasured.

🎻🎻🎻🎻🎻Highly recommended for students Zen Buddhism, and those who enjoy the thought-provoking works of Thoreau and Emerson.
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PardaMustang | 1 muu arvostelu | Jun 16, 2016 |
This is a textbook, meant to be used in a university literature course, focusing on social science fiction." It includes futuristic non-fiction, some amazing stories, and commentaries about the definition of sf, its place in literature and in popular culture, its impact, etc.

I admit I skimmed the commentaries and the extensive editor notes. I felt not a pang of guilt doing so, because this book is much a product of the seventies - the editor didn't predict future trends of either social or technological development very well, making the book, esp. the non-fiction parts, largely irrelevant.

But the stories! Of course I wasn't surprised to see [b:The Machine Stops|4711854|The Machine Stops |E.M. Forster||4776249] or [b:Harrison Bergeron|10176119|Harrison Bergeron|Kurt Vonnegut||15074968]. But I'd never before encountered 'To the Chicago Abyss' by [a:Ray Bradbury|1630|Ray Bradbury|] - what a treat! And I'd never read the original [b:Light of Other Days|21528849|Light of Other Days|Bob Shaw||40855958] by [a:Bob Shaw|130541|Bob Shaw|] - the speculation about "slow glass" is brilliant and deserves wider readership. Perhaps the most unexpected selection is [b:Earth's Holocaust|10525292|Earth's Holocaust|Nathaniel Hawthorne|/assets/nocover/60x80.png|15431518] by [a:Nathaniel Hawthorne|7799|Nathaniel Hawthorne|]. I won't tell you what it's about. You'll just have to read it, and the other gems, yourself.

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Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |



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