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09/20/2018

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That's probably my favorite poem by Merwin, although admittedly, I haven't read many.

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It's a lot more accessible than much of his work, which is often pretty surrealistic. It's perfectly clear but still seems mysterious.

Is it surreal or Zen-like? Or is there a difference? Anyway, Wikipedia says he was into Zen Buddhism, in a fairly big way.

Definitely surrealist at times, but I'm not at home so I can't give you an example. I don't think Zen or any variety of Buddhism necessarily causes surrealism. :-). Seems like just a single simple sentence could be a Zen poem.

Definitely surrealist at times, but I'm not at home so I can't give you an example. I don't think Zen or any variety of Buddhism necessarily causes surrealism. :-). Seems like just a single simple sentence could be a Zen poem.

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