“The hurricane’s eye of feeling, / whirl inside whirl, world / within world in John High’s / lush color incantations / hang like moons over the road / of his handwritten words / and their moments of attention / come alive within us as though / we were all nested in each other.”
—Forrest Gander, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and author of Be With (New Directions)
"An emptiness moving into presence. And vice versa. A figuration turning into abstraction. And vice versa. Methodically a deliberation or spontaneity? The artistic enterprise here embraces the mutual convulsion of words and images/symbols. I sense a call to dream deeply while awake. I feel a call to defy the fetters of logic/reason. Both darkening and radiant, there is radical fruition in the probing of depths in this confluence of words and colors. On an elemental level, John High explores the intersection of upheaval and serenity. This is a beautiful book for our perilous time and beyond. It makes me jump for joy."
—Uche Nduka, author of Facing You (City Lights)
Zen monk, translator, and poet, Ninso John High, is the recipient of four Fulbrights and has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships (fiction and translation) and a 2020 National Endowment for the Humanities for a translation project of Osip Mandelstam’s Voronezh Notebooks. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and translation—the most recent, vanishing acts, a work of cross-genre writings (Talisman House, 2018). A founder and former director of the LIU, Brooklyn MFA Program, he is currently on pilgrimage working with children, teachers, social workers, and writers, facilitating workshops in creative transformation in Cambodia, China, and Portugal.
Without Dragons Even the Emperor Would Be Lonely—Ensos, Parables & Koans
Without Dragons Even the Emperor Would Be Lonely — Ensos, Parables & Koans
Ninso John High
152 pages, 6.5" x 6.5", Color, Perfect Bound
Publication Date: 9/7/20