Zen Master Poems

A tour-de-force work by one of America’s most celebrated contemporary poets.



152 pages, 4 x 7 inches


ISBN 9781614292999

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“In the tradition of Mary Oliver and David Whyte, Dick Allen’s Zen Master Poems offers spiritual insights in lucid, seemingly effortless verse.”Tricycle


Zen Master Poems features reflection, meditation, mystery, humor, admonition, koans, calm observation, and Buddhist thought for readers and seekers on every path.”Lion’s Roar

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 13:19 -- Kestrel Slocombe

Frisbees, Johnny Cash, and lonely railroad crossings: All coexist with Zen Buddhism’s traditional imagery of cherry blossoms and mountain landscapes in Zen Master Poems. This collection of one-page readings, meditations, admonitions, and observations evokes calm, reflection, and humor for readers and seekers on every path.

Zen Master Poems is from Dick Allen, author of eight acclaimed poetry volumes — and the 2010-2015 Connecticut Poet Laureate. Allen gives full expression to his lifetime interest in Zen Buddhism for the first time here.

Although accessible for readers of all traditions, Zen Master Poems also contains elements that will challenge those already familiar with Buddhist literature. The poems are alternately serious and whimsical, seamlessly blending East with West.

Featuring titles like a “Cat Named Zen” and images like Jack Kerouac watching lightning strike, these lovely and mysterious poems are sure to stick with you. While it pays tribute to Han-Shan’s famous Cold Mountain Poems, the voice here is truly Allen’s own.