Friday, November 04, 2005

The Poet of the Pacific Northwest

Robert Sund (1929-2001) was a great Buddhist poet who spent his life in the rustic wilds of Washington state. He was much beloved in the northwest, but mostly unheard of elsewhere.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Poem 36

Let these poems be like bunch grass,
in ground winds,
flash floods, and sunlight,
holding together
while one cricket sheltered here
sings his simple song.

Ink Bottle
inside this ink bottle
there is a starry sky!

Don’t keep the lid on
your ink bottle
too long.
Seattle, late 1960s


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