Yin Alternative single work   poetry   "I try them sparingly, these koans,"
  • Author: Jan Owen http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/owen-jan
Issue Details: First known date: 1986 1986
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Reading Zen koans, the poet is appalled by a story of Bodhidharma slicing his eyelids off to keep awake while meditating, and finds with relief a version where his lashes are plucked out and tea-plants sprout from them - the poet assumes this one was written by the 'historian's wife.'

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Boy with a Telescope Jan Owen , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1986 Z389398 1986 selected work poetry North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1986 pg. 67
  • Appears in:
    y Poems : 1980-2008 Jan Owen , Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 Z1526900 2008 selected work poetry Elwood : John Leonard Press , 2008 pg. 54
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