The Best Of
I heard two unrelated Cohens were involved:
Leonard and Richard.
They all bought a house together in LA in 1979.
I asked him why he titled his little magazine,
“Contemporary Buddhist Life and Thought?”
To make Buddhists nervous.
They hate it when they think they’re doing it wrong.
But didn’t Zero embody
Joshu Sasaki Roshi’s teachings?
A wild rumor.
Were you really promoting
Buddhism in America,
or just your own literary and spiritual authority?
Aren’t they the same thing?
It’s hard to tell what’s inside from the covers.
The tender art of obfuscation.
He called them: tireless workers
in the struggle to eradicate piety.
On the Nature of Zero
Joshu Sasaki Roshi
At last! A definitive explanation!
If you say so...
Fragment from a Journal
Purportedly — at least according to him —
Leonard thought this might help clarify matters.
Collage of Haiku, Kerouac, etc.
He spent an hour on the phone with Ginsberg,
debating whether a comma or a semi-colon
went somewhere in here.
I still say it’s a comma.
A beautiful guy.
An untimely end.
The Music of Contingency -
I asked him what he thought about
Cage’s ideas concerning Music and Buddhism.
He said he wasn’t sure if it was wise
to say anything about Buddhism. Much less Music.
Unless you’re John Cage.
The Black Series
I know what you’re going to say.
How did you know?
Ernest Fenollosa and
Turn of the Century Orientalism
At least this has something
to do with Buddhism.
It has something to do with Rick Fields.
A good writer. A truly nice man.
Rest in peace, old friend.
These are obviously great poems.
I mean, it’s Ashbery!
He won a Pulitzer Fucking Prize!
Relax. I can’t make sense of them either.
Four Prose Poems
Oh, another Pulitzer Prize winner.
Yeah, but this is some really funny shit.
An Independant Woman
Seeks Spiritual Meaning
Nineteen Ways of
Looking at Wang Wei
A very smart boy, that Eliot.
Translated by David Guss
I often wondered why he was so partial to translations.
The whole thing’s a translation.
The Jewel Net of Indra -
He said the day he spent with Rexroth
was one of the sweetest of his life.
And for a change, he was serious.
The Soul of Generosity.
Achievement - A Photo Essay
You’ve got to be kidding.
Isn’t that the point?
Ten Takes on Charles Mingus
Zero bows to all the gods in the pantheon.
Death of a Ladies Man
I think Old Leonard’s little book influenced his
He’s not responding to my observation.
One way or another.
How’d she —
— a friend of a friend.
Three Poems By Rainier Maria Rilke
Translated by Stephen Mitchell
I gave him his start. He was just a kid.
Not Rilke. Mitchell, the translator.
of The Australian Aborigines
text by Susan Lerner
He liked to boast that
Zero spared no expense
To acquire the finest entertainment
From all corners of the world.
Paul Bowles in Tangier —
Why did you publish this?
For people who’ve never heard of Paul Bowles.
on the Same Subject
And this guy was one of Roshi’s monks?
Isn’t it obvious?
Who Pollutes the World?
Joshu Sasaki Roshi
This is silly.
It has nothing to do with pollution.
Who said it does?