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Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryokan Paperback – April 13, 2004
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Ryokan was a nature poet but fully in touch with humanity and he had this touch in his poems such that each poem has many levels and can be appreciated through any or all.
"At night I got drunk on peach blossoms by the river.
I never cared about returning home,..."
How can you not love it? I can taste the dewdrops already...
Ryokan refusing to take a position of a Zen Abbot, instead goes back to the place of his youth and takes hermitage. "The cold wind gathers enough fallen leaves to build my fire."
His code of living avoids flattery as much as objuragation, he teaches with a tear, plays with children, and falls in love with a young nun. All of this brings forward our own starkling humanity!
Stephens does a master presentation in bringing this material together in such an artful way as to illuminate all sides of Ryokan with that of the reader themselves. And with that the poetry comes alive.
If Zen were a language, this is what it would speak.
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Just one small rip, otherwise in good condition. I thought it was a different edition from the pht\oto, but this one's OKPublished 10 months ago by Judith Dornstreich
Wonderful poems, wonderful translation. Reminded me of Rumi as translated by Coleman Barks.Published 12 months ago by Rabidranath
Japanese master poet, playful monk, an old man who fell in live with a young zen nun, his possession an old begging bowl... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Mcbruce56