LucienStryk
Lucien Stryk

 
We're Proud to Present the Featured Poet: Lucien Stryk

Lucien Stryk (1924-2013) is an exceptional poet whose international reputation is based not only on his own work but also on his ground-breaking translations of Chinese and Japanese Zen poetry. Influenced by poets as diverse as Walt Whitman, Paul Eluard and the great haiku master, Basho, Stryk's work provides a striking example of how poetry can evoke the universal by focusing on the particular. His two edited anthologies, Heartland (1967) and Heartland II (1975), have become important documents in the history of U.S. Midwest poetry.

In our feature, Mr. Stryk reads from his work and is interviewed by Charlie about his poetics. The recording took place at the Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville, Illinois, U.S.A. on July 27, 2002. Occasional random sounds in the background are those of library patrons.

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Charlie Rossiter and Lucien Stryk
Charlie Rossiter & Lucien Stryk
Selections
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 1. Introducing Lucien Stryk
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 2. On The Penguin Book of Zen Poetry
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 3. Three Poems
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 4. Look As Things
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 5. November and Summer
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 6. Close Observation
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 7. On Translation
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 8. Translating Zen Poems
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 9. Burning Oneself to Death
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 10. The Pipe
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 11. Stitches
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 12. A Few Haiku Translations
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 13. Haiku Translations from The Dumpling Field
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 14. Willows
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 15. Parisian Influences
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 16. Robert Bly and Poetic Leaps - Fish
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 17. Away
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 18. Remembrance Day (from the new collection)
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 19. Conclusion
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