Tag Archives: poetry

Mon cher Degas

On the side of our refrigerator, I have a quotation from the 19th century poet Stéphane Mallarmé, speaking to his friend, the painter Edgar Degas, who was complaining about the difficulty of converting his ideas for poems into actual poems: … Continue reading

Posted in Tao | Zen, Words | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Basho’s frog

In A Zen Wave, Robert Aitken calls it “probably the most famous poem in Japan.” The old pond; a frog jumps in — the sound of the water. It must surely be the most-translated of Basho’s haiku, or anyone else’s … Continue reading

Posted in Tao | Zen, Words | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment