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This Heaven Where We Live As Music

Rounding out Philip Whalen Month is a previously published succinct and insightful review of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen by Keith Kumasen Abbott who has authored numerous essay and lectures on the American poet and Zen monk appearing in … Continue reading

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In Close Proximity—Part Two

In Close Proximity—Part Two Excerpts from Side Effect A Journal of Zen Life with Philip Whalen by Tensho David Schneider Tensho David Schneider’s journal, Side Effect, came about from the idea that the sayings and doings of Philip Whalen—Zenshin Ryufu … Continue reading

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In Close Proximity—Part One

In Close Proximity—Part One excerpts from Side Effect A Journal of Zen Life with Philip Whalen by Tensho David Schneider Tensho David Schneider’s journal, Side Effect came about from the idea that the sayings and doings of Philip Whalen—Zenshin Ryufu … Continue reading

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Hello, I Must Be Going [Part II]

Hello, I Must Be Going [Part II]  Excerpts from Thanks For Asking: The Whalen Journal by Steve Silberman        In May of 1993, Michael Wenger at the San Francisco Zen Center contacted  Steve and asked him if he … Continue reading

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Hello, I Must Be Going [Part I]

Hello, I Must Be Going [Part I] Excerpts from Thanks For Asking: The Whalen Journal             by Steve Silberman      . In May of 1993, Michael Wenger at the San Francisco Zen Center contacted  … Continue reading

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The Education of Pat Nolan

The Education Of Pat Nolan An Anniversary Memorial for Keith Kumasen Abbott, 1944-2019 By Pat Nolan Paintings by Ivan Suvanjieff In pursuit of the writer’s life with absolutely no clue of what I was doing, I left the Midwest (c.1965) … Continue reading

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Whalen & Wieners: Eavesdropping on the Greats

[Eavesdropping on the greats is bound to garner an earful.  A brief unauthorized peek at  correspondence between Philip Whalen and John Wieners from the late ‘50s, early ‘60s. Many thanks and appreciations to Messer’s Berkson and Abbott (now jogging funny … Continue reading

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Fogged In Frisco

FOGGED IN FRISCO Carl Wendt, hardboiled poet and flaneur, aka the Bay Area’s Baudelaire, now homeless and down on his luck, muses on another aspect of his life where luck has failed him: women—they can be delightful, and they can … Continue reading

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Never Apologize, Never Explain, Part II

Never Apologize Never Explain, Part II Further Notes on Understanding the Poetry of Philip Whalen By Pat Nolan  “Philip was always writing, always reading, and whenever possible playing music.”                         —Gary Snyder, Preface to The Collected         … Continue reading

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The Poet As Cynic

The Poet As Cynic Carl Wendt, poet and literary factotum, still adjusting to being awarded the megabucks Dorian Pillsbury Prize in Poetry, finds himself hitchhiking along a deserted Northern California backroad highway. Excerpt from Ode To Sunset A Year In … Continue reading

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