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What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop

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What Book!? is a lively anthology of modern mindful poetry, featuring 330 selections from 125 contributors. Also included are "mind-writing exercises" by Allen Ginsberg and a meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Themes include love, nature, pacifism and violence, the avant-garde, family, silence, and song. The contents include original work and translations; performance art and
ebook, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Parallax Press (first published 1998)
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Mr. Gach is on goodreads and mentioned his book, so I thought I'd get it out from the library and see what I thought. Those that know me can attest that I'm not really much of an alternative religion person so I wasn't sure if I'd care for this at all. It's not that I don't think eastern religions are invalid or anything, it's just that I don't really see myself as the calm, meditative type. Hell, I can barely settle down long enough to write a review. So I had no idea if this was going to work ...more
Dec 11, 2007 Gary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in spirituality / poetry
350 works by 125 contributors

"from beat to hiphop" = 1950 to today, rather than particular "style(s)"

took gary gach 5 years to gather, collate, edit

went through 4 printings & received 1 american book award

now publisher makes it available as print-on-demand from amazon, unless demand picks up in which case publisher might pay for another printing


Picked it up at the library to read while the kids were messing around on the computer, ended up checking it out and bringing it home. It had a lot of unique, interesting poems on Buddha/Buddhism. Loved it! Was a quirky little book of poetry. I read some of the poems to the kids and they were inspired to write a few poems down too.
B Book of poems (inc many of my former teachers!) focused on Buddha and Buddhism.
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