Crowded by Beauty: The Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen by David Schneider

By David Schneider

Philip Whalen was once an American poet, Zen Buddhist, and key determine within the literary and inventive scene that spread out in San Francisco within the Fifties and ’60s. whilst the Beat writers got here West, Whalen grew to become a respected, much-loved member of the crowd. Erudite, shy, and profoundly religious, his presence not just moved his speedy circle of Beat cohorts, yet his strong, startling, leading edge paintings could come to affect American poetry to the current day.

Drawing on Whalen’s journals and private correspondence—particularly with Ginsberg, Kerouac, Snyder, Kyger, Welch, and McClure —David Schneider exhibits how deeply bonded those intimates have been, aiding each other of their paintings and their religious paths. Schneider, himself an ordained priest, presents an insider’s view of Whalen’s struggles and breakthroughs in his thirty years as a Zen monk. while Whalen died in 2002 because the retired Abbot of the Hartford road Zen heart, his personal instructor stated him as a patriarch of the Western lineage of Buddhism. Crowded through attractiveness chronicles the process Whalen’s existence, concentrating on his distinct, eccentric, funny, and literary-religious perform.

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