what you should know to be a poet (or tina turner)
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brian browne walker

zen and tao, then and now

what you should know to be a poet (or tina turner)

all you

can know about animals

as persons. the names of trees and flowers

and weeds. the names of stars and the movements

of planets and the moon. your own six senses,

with  a watchful elegant mind. at least

one kind of traditional magic:

divination, astrology, the

book of changes,

the tarot;



the illusory demons

and the illusory shining gods.

kiss the ass of the devil and eat shit;

fuck his horny barbed cock, fuck

the hag, and all the celestial

angels and maidens

perfum’d and



& then

love the human:

wives husbands and friends

children’s games, comic books, bubble-gum,

the weirdness of television and advertising.

work long, dry hours of dull work

swallowed and accepted and

lived with and finally

lovd. exhaustion, 




the wild

freedom of the dance, extasy

silent solitary illumination, entasy

real danger. gambles and

the edge of


~Gary Snyder

I thought of this poem when I read the news -- Tina Turner was a long time buddhist meditator, a real mom to her sons, a soul warrior of the first stripe. A heroic human. If you've never seen this, do (I trust HBO will spool it back up soon):

#tinaturner #music #RIP #rockandroll #buddhism #women #legends

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