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

By David Schneider

Philip Whalen used to be an American poet, Zen Buddhist, and key determine within the literary and inventive scene that spread out in San Francisco within the Nineteen Fifties and ’60s. whilst the Beat writers got here West, Whalen turned a respected, much-loved member of the crowd. Erudite, shy, and profoundly non secular, his presence not just moved his quick circle of Beat cohorts, yet his strong, startling, leading edge paintings might 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, helping each other of their paintings and their non secular 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. whilst Whalen died in 2002 because the retired Abbot of the Hartford road Zen middle, his personal instructor observed him as a patriarch of the Western lineage of Buddhism. Crowded by means of good looks chronicles the process Whalen’s existence, concentrating on his precise, eccentric, funny, and literary-religious perform.

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