Author Archives: Jason Crane

POEM: Chris & Jeff at the bar (aka the sages of Temperanceville)

Chris & Jeff at the bar (aka the sages of Temperanceville) Jeff leans over to Chris like a conspirator: “They’re tryin’ to turn everything into fuckin’ ‘right to work.’” He looks up at the TV news, snorts air through his … Continue reading

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HAIKU: 25 February 2018

feet sore from walking back sweaty from early warmth jump in shower — ah! / / / Jason Crane 25 February 2015 State College PA I go through periods of reading and writing haiku. I’ve done it ever since I … Continue reading

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POEM: Peter, George, John, Joseph, Silas, Henry and Tom

Peter, George, John, Joseph, Silas, Henry and Tom pop!pop!pop! Pinkerton rifles filling the air with smoke & screams & blood pop!pop!pop! men of iron & steel men of flesh & bone pop!pop!pop! the ground soaks up the evidence the birds … Continue reading

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PHOTO: 99 South, near Altoona, PA

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Smashing bodhisattvas

The other day I wrote a poem called “the bodhisattva of Prospect Ave (all praise to Jah)” after a walk I took around town. Today I took another walk and discovered two things: (1) the statue is on Hamilton Ave, … Continue reading

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Brad Warner on Zen Buddhism as a communal practice

I finished Brad Warner’s Don’t Be A Jerk today for the second time, in preparation for reading his follow-up, It Came From Beyond Zen! Don’t Be A Jerk is described as a “radical but reverent paraphrasing of Dogen’s Treasury of … Continue reading

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