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Zen Brushpoems

it was ok 2.0  ·  Rating details ·  2 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Paperback, 102 pages
Published January 15th 1994 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1991)
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
More of a copy of Zen Telegrams, than a tribute. While the poems in "Telegrams" have a more poetic quality, the words of these poems seem too forced. The lack of grammar is more obvious, like the author is trying to use broken English, and the use of ellipses is gratuitous.
Jul 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
My introduction of this form of visual poetry was by Paul Reps. Ray Grigg makes a decent bid for continuing that spirit in a collection of "brush poems" consisting of very spare lines or brush strokes in black ink, with a phrase or broken phrases or isolated words to complete the work.

Reps never had to point out a parallel between this poetry style and zen. Sometimes, Grigg veers into explanation or close to it. (For instance, page 49's spiral of tight rings, accompanied by the words "tree turni
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