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open table By roy anthony shabla
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This collection of traditional Zen Buddhist koans is lovingly retold for the modern student of Buddhism. The language and cultural details of the koans are simplified for the Western reader without... More > diluting the cultural flavor or significance. Koans are Zen Buddhist teaching tools –riddles, anecdotes, and such– used to liberate the logical mind of the student. The linguistic nature of koans lends itself to poetic language and, thus, these koans are offered and expanded in poetry instead of prose. Even if you are familiar with the practice of Zen koans, this book will enhance your understanding of the koans themselves, further opening that important aspect of Buddhist monastic culture to you. A penetrating and simply powerful read for both student and master, open table is a landscape for the journey of the mind and soul.< Less
eating God By roy anthony shabla
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This is the updated and expanded version of the highly acclaimed book of ecstatic poetry, eating God. It is a transcendent cycle of poems documenting the spiritual awakening of a simple man in the... More > modern world. It will delight and refresh you with its reality and compassion. This is a book you will read and read again. And share with others. "If poets could be superstars, at least in this time and country, Roy Anthony Shabla would be the man to watch!" ~Spirit of the Valley. This book removes God from the stranglehold of religions and offers the reader the possibility of spirituality on a personal basis. eating God is a book of surprising poems chronicling the spiritual development, humanity, and true compassion of a friend of the divine. Prepare to be delighted, moved, and changed. This poetry speaks to you.< Less
i i i By roy anthony shabla
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in the universal language of esperanto, this avant garde / sound / deconstructionist / dada poetry is a magical experience that changes with each reading. enjoy!
conversations By roy anthony shabla
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Newly updated. This chapbook of minimalist poetry shines a spotlight on the reality of modern interpersonal communication. A delicacy and subtlety unknown to Richard Brautigan permeates this work; ... More > a clean starkness visited only by Mishima; a clarity possessed only by the great haiku poets ~ this is conversations. The first review: In his latest literary effort, conversations, Roy Anthony Shabla becomes the proverbial "fly on the wall". From this vantage point, he observes and light-heartedly describes the awkward social interactions inherent in the potential and ongoing relationships of others as well as his own. His inimitable poetic banter is both entertaining and biting and can even be, at times, poignant. A highly readable chapbook, conversations is a welcome addition to Shabla's growing ouvre.< Less
keys By roy anthony shabla
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Through the resonant images of keys, this small book of avant garde verse and prose poetry illuminates the family history and interpersonal relationships of the poet, achieving self-awareness for... More > the writer and reader, and releasing the obstacles to creativity. Or, to put the key in the lock, it is a delightful story of growing up and learning who you are. Non-linear and non-narrative in format, this chapbook, like the cycle of life itself, is a puzzle whose picture gets clearer as the pages turn... and you will find yourself in different places every time you read it. You will find yourself different every time you read it. And, as always, it is a love story; it is the story of the long, slow process of unlocking love for yourself and others. You will never look at a key the same way again.< Less

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