Writing Poetry that Focuses on the Autobiographical

Author:Hank Lazer Time:2019-07-10 Click:

Poetry has other possibilities than the autobiographical. This essay presents an argument against an over-reliance on a Western bourgeois capitalist concept of the self and self-expression in contemporary American poetry. An alternative balance is presented through Zen Buddhist and Daoist perspectives on the self, particularly as seen in the writing of Dogen, ancient Chinese poetry, and, more recently, David Hinton.



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