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Crow with No Mouth by Ikkyu
Versions by Stephen Berg

Crow with No Mouth by Ikkyu, Fifteenth Century Zen Master, Versions by Stephen Berg


 
An eccentric classic of Zen poetry. When Zen master Ikkyū Sōjun (1394-1481) was appointed headmaster of the great temple at Kyoto, he lasted nine days before denouncing the rampant hypocrisy he saw among the monks there. He in turn invited them to look for him in the sake parlors of the Pleasure Quarters. A Zen monk-poet-calligrapher-musician, he dared to write about the joys of erotic love, along with more traditional Zen themes. He was a rebel genius who dared to defy authority and despised corruption. Although he lived during times plagued by war, famine, rioting, and religious upheaval, his writing and music prevailed, influencing Japanese culture to this day. His work is translated here by poet Stephen Berg.

80 pages. Paperback.

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