We’re very pleased to announce this collection of poems by Su Smallen. In Buddha, Proof, Buddha befriends Barbie, shops at Target, rides roller coasters, considers a career change, and contemplates the complete perfection of toast. With this new & expanded edition, now containing twice as many poems, author Su Smallen honors the center, not-center of Buddhism with humor and gravity. Here’s one of the poems:
BUDDHA, HEALTH FOOD Buddha needs only health food and the barest of home furnishings, like, perhaps, a home. The Riverside Shakespeare would be superfluous but handy to sit on for breathing practice, for meditating on William calling rehearsal somewhere for another Midsummer Night’s Dream, saying, “Buddha, I’m sorry I can’t use you —unless, of course, you might consider the role of the ass,” turning away with a queenly laugh. Suffering is breath to Buddha. Suffering is a health food snack.
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