Ikkyu: Crow With No Mouth

15th Century Zen Master

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Ikkyu: Crow With No Mouth
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  • 9781556591525
  • 9781619320765
When Zen master Ikkyu Sojun (1394-1481) was appointed headmaster of the great temple at Kyoto, he lasted nine days before denouncing the rampant hypocrisy he saw among the monks there. He in turn invited them to look for him in the sake parlors of the Pleasure Quarters. A Zen monk-poet-calligrapher-musician, he dared to write about the joys of erotic love, along with more traditional Zen themes. He was an eccentric and genius who dared to defy authority and despised corruption. Although he lived during times plagued by war, famine, rioting, and religious upheaval, his writing and music prevailed, influencing Japanese culture to this day.

Stephen Berg is the Editor and founder of American Poetry Review.

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  • Copper Canyon Press; December 2012
  • ISBN 9781619320765
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  • Title: Ikkyu: Crow With No Mouth
  • Author: Stephen Berg
  • Imprint: Copper Canyon Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1619320762
  • 9781556591525
  • 9781619320765

About The Author

Stephen Berg, founding editor of American Poetry Review, is the author of two dozen books of poetry and translations. He is a professor of English at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1619320762
  • 9781556591525
  • 9781619320765