Dick Allen

Dick Allen (1939-2017) was the Connecticut State Poet Laureate from 2010 to 2015. His ninth poetry collection, Zen Master Poems, was published by Wisdom Publications in 2016.


The Beginner

Because he’s read about it in a book on Zenand there were lilies-of-the-valley on the tablein a thin white vase, he took the morningto look at them and only them, to concentrateall his attention on the lilies-of-the-valley. Sick of politics, society, and war, he wanted only Zenanswers to the universe. Where but a kitchen tablecould […]

By Dick Allen
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