Sun at Midnight: Poems and Letters

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-07-16
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
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"An undisputed master."-- The New York Times Long out of print, this reissue is the first translation into English of the work of Muso Soseki, the thirteenth-century Zen roshi and founder of the rock garden. A gorgeous introduction by co-translator W.S. Merwin sets the stage for 130 poems and six letters to the Emperor that combine delicacy and lightness with penetrating plainness. Essential for poets, gardeners, and students of Zen. Toki-no-Ge (Satori Poem) Year after year I dug in the earth looking for the blue of heaven only to feel the pile of dirt choking me until once in the dead of night I tripped on a broken brick and kicked it into the air and saw that without a thought I had smashed the bones of the empty sky Born ten years after Dante Alighieric, Muso Sosekiwas the most famous Zen monk of his time, and is considered the father of the rock garden. Muso spent much of his early life practicing Zen in remote temples and hermitages. In spite of this isolation, his reputation grew, and he served as an advisor and teacher to several emperors, as well as to more than thirteen thousand students. W.S. Merwinis one of the world's foremost translators of poetry. Co-translator Soiku Shigematsuis a Zen scholar, poet, and translator who serves as the abbot of Shogen-ji Temple in Shimizu, Japan.

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