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Andrew, I wish to engage myself into poetry reading. In your book list, you called Mandelstham the best poet, and I am wondering what book and/or translator you recommend? What poets do you find most creative and realized, and do you have specific recommended translators?I think, though I'm not sure, the fractal of the real and unreal is in-line with truly creative poetry or koans, and I wish to immerse myself into them more.Also, I noticed you seem to read a lot of Western philosophy. What do you think of Deleuze? I find his philosophy interesting. He seems to argue there is only one world, one flow, but it is a world of pure difference, and the imaginative is actual and real (he calls it virtuality http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtuality_%28philosophy%29 ).I wish I had a good Zen teacher in real life... I am kind of moving away from Soto Zen in USA, GA.
I hadn't come across deleuze who looks interesting !the pre-eminent modern philosopher is jacques derrida of whom there are some good videos on the web and incidently regarded himself as a friend and colleague of deleuse !both him and deleuze are autistic as are any other decent philosophers like nietzsche, schopenhauer and heraclitis !the ultimate paradigm is autism and zen is essentially autistic, dogen sticks out a mile of you read some of his stuff like rolling up small balls of sand to clean ones arse ! : o)my approach to zen teachers and religious teachers in any sect or tradition is what I call "vampire zen" which is what I did in practice which is just to gut them and take what they have to offer and move on !lol a heraclitis fan song !http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9a630Gh_N4he was one of the first philosophers, but todays moderns are in his shadow ! : o)theres plenty of translations of mandelstham and just about any non-English poet now on the web, the more amateur translations can often be better than the professional because they don't carry such a burden of how things should be and can be more literal!the final word on philosophy "meaning is a fluid"poetry is that fluid and philosophy is always a failing approximation of good poetry ! :o)