By Alan Spence

First released in nice Britain in 2002 by way of Canongate Books Ltd

A brilliant new choice of haiku and different brief poetic kinds at the subject matter of Glasgow – its humans, panorama, tradition. As continually, Spence is uniquely illuminating, witty and pleasant. Incorporating the various poems which seemed many years in the past within the a lot sought-after choice of a similar identify, Glasgow Zen contains in general new fabric from this hugely renowned and beautiful poet.

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At the suchness of items  AYE, this can be IT this can be the object  On identification in distinction  SIX AN HAUF A DOZEN  at the implicit dualism of value-judgements  IT’S lousy stable JINGLE Jingle on Glasgow urban palms this is often the bell that by no means rang this is often the fish that by no means swam this can be the tree that by no means grew this is often the chook that by no means flew  this can be the bell that by no means rang  This RANG this can be RANG RANG this can be the bell RANG this can be the bell that RANG this is often by no means RANG this can be by no means the bell that RANG this is often the rang bell RANG RANG RANG this is often the bell that RANG RANG RANG RANG by no means this can be the tree that by no means grew This tree by no means grew eco-friendly This eco-friendly tree by no means grew Neverever eco-friendly grew this tree This tree grew by no means evergreen  this can be the chicken that by no means flew this is often the chicken this can be the chook this wee fowl teenie fowl totie poultry chookie poultry  this can be the chook it by no means flew by no means flew by no means flew by no means flew aw! this can be the fish that by no means swam this can be the fish inform me who i'm fish out of water by no means ever swam  JOSHU’S MU some of the most recognized eastern koans is the query ‘Does a puppy have the Buddha-nature? ’ for varied purposes, ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ are either unsuitable solutions! the main well-known solution, given by way of a monk named Joshu, was once the only syllable Mu, this means that not anything, no-thing, vacancy. the next is a meditation on Joshu’s Mu, with support from King Lear and The Shorter Catechism. what's man’s leader finish? To glorify God and revel in Him perpetually. Why did the poultry pass the line? To get to the opposite facet. Does a puppy have the Buddha-nature? Mu. Why did the poultry pass the line? To glorify God and revel in Him perpetually. what's man’s leader finish? To get to the opposite part. Does a puppy have the Buddha-nature? Mu. what's the sq. root of minus one? what number angels at the head of a pin? Why may still a puppy, a horse, a rat have lifestyles and thou no breath in any respect? Mu. Mu extra ON JOSHU’S MU Does a turnip have the Buddha-nature? the turnip-lantern – his head is empty his mild shines out via his face  Does a cow have the Buddha-nature? Mu. jap bins (Daibutsu, nice Buddha, Kamakura) I sit down within the compassionate Buddha who sits within this global of items which sits inside of the universe which sits within the good void which sits inside of my middle this day this present day got here spring -ing It took me all at once, leapt and bowled me over like a major daft puppy. on a educate rolling via snowcovered fields, the brilliant sunlight scudding beside me alongside touching me wakeful to work out. at the present time it got here with crocuses open by way of hardfrozen tractortracks with daffodils, bent through the snow yet Trumpetting with O the sunlight or even, God, lambs at the present time got here Spring. highway crimson Lorries go us, kick up spray as we force via this gray dream, this different aspect, gray street gray sky edges blurred. timber and fields fade gray away via rain; the area is washed out, disappears among the windscreen wipers beat and stroke / the systole / the diastole the beat, the beat that retains us transparent.

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