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Crow With No Mouth : Ikkyu : Fifteenth Century Zen MasterCrow With No Mouth : Ikkyu : Fifteenth Century Zen Master by Ikkyu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A collection of the poetry of the 15th century Zen poet who mocked other practitioners of Zen while frequently sake houses and brothels. His poems are at times bawdy, at times full of wisdom, at times simple reflections on a simpler way of life. An excellent introduction to this important and influential poet.

The Rain in Portugal: New PoemsThe Rain in Portugal: New Poems by Billy Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A new Billy Collins collection is always cause for celebration. The poet's trademark humor and spirit are in evidence here, particularly when he talks about his own work (the title is a hint of Collins's not being a rhymer) but there's a bit of long windedness here and less of the humor than usual. A good collection as Collins is a great poet, but not his best.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book from Netgalley. This book is due to be released October 4, 2106.]



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