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What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop

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An instant classic, now in its 6th printing, this visionary project gathers intersections of the Buddha and the Bard from 1950–today. Topics included the Three Jewels, pacifism, social engagement, innovation, nature, song, and silence. What Book? contains forms ranging from picture poems and calligraphy, guided meditations, and journals, to conceptual and performance art, ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Parallax Press (first published 1998)
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Rob McMonigal
Feb 16, 2008 Rob McMonigal rated it it was amazing
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
Gary
Sep 04, 2007 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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

website: http:word.to/whatweb.html


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May 05, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing
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.
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B Book of poems (inc many of my former teachers!) focused on Buddha and Buddhism.
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Clerk, 2nd-hand bookshop, 8 years. Book designer / typesetter, 3 years. Book editor, 1 year. Associated with a few books* with someone's name on them identical to mine; managed not to repeat myself, as yet.


Middle school years in Hollywood commemorated by classmate James Ellroy ("Let's Twist Again"). BA + 1 year (UCLA - SFSU). Moved to San Francisco 45 years ago, where have be

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