Beyond Language?

“I seem to be convinced that the point of poetry is to clarify language through a process of ongoing exploration, so that I can more and more find out how to live within language as a joy and a liberation, rather than as a prison, which it can be and usually is when I am definingmyself and the world in language….”

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“Whenever anyone asks me how I came to be a Zen priest and abbot I always say “accidentally.” This is true. While I admire religious people, people who seem to have a religious destiny and interest … I am afraid that I am just not such a person. Mainly I am and have been all my life bewildered.”

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