730 - 900 pm, Fri Apr 13, 2012
Zen Monster poetry reading
Michael McClure, Norman Fischer, Giovanni Singleton,
300 Page St., San Francisco.
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ZEN MONSTER LAUNCHES 3RD ISSUE
the launch event at the brooklyn zen center, 505 Carroll Street, on friday night nov. 4 for zen monster magazine marks our 3rd issue-- an unusually strong and clear statement of buddhist, non-buddhist, and trans-buddhist art, poetry, and subversive political statement -- our strongest endorsement yet of gary snyder's landmark essay "Buddhism and the Coming Revolution," which we printed in ZM#1 back in 2008. our zen buddhist praxis here in brooklyn and n.j. is edgy, overtly political, and aesthetically liberated from any particular form or artistic ideology. we back the Occupy Wall Street movement 100%; our art editor noah fischer has been in Zuccotti Park since day one, even demonstrating as an artist there on wall street before day one with a small group dressed up as currency, as money, and he is there today and every day.
we are a tri-coastal community of poets, writers, artists, thinkers, activists, and people committed to the middle class, to working people, to the 99%. in terms of buddhism, roughly 50% of our authors & artists, in any one issue, are overtly buddhist practitioners -- the rest are our secular friends, cohorts, intellectuals, artists, fellow travelers, etc., who do not object to our existential religious ideals -- and that is what zen monster is: a space for writers and artists, edited by buddhists, but with clarity acknowledging intellectual, artistic, and political freedom from any ecclesiastical framework or supervision whatsoever. given history, we know this is important.
thank you, and please join us on Nov. 4, 6 - 9:30 p.m. refreshments will be served. and we will 'just honor everything,' as Philip Whalen once advised.
Barbara Henning, Lewis Warsh, Edgar Oliver, Kimberly Lyons,
Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, Robyn Ellenbogen,
Fred Dewey, Brian Unger, Anselm Berrigan,
Ammiel Alcalay, Noah Fischer
music by adam bernstein
amerigo mackeral & the octave doktors
zen monster #3 includes:
naja marie aidt
jesse lee herdman
Kotatsu John Bailes