Andrew Schelling
 

Old Tale Road


Old Tale Road, Andrew Schelling’s first full collection of poetry in six years, is a visionary work of crisply detailed language and wide-ranging content. It balances the ecological, mythic, and personal realms, while carrying the flavor of American ballads or blues. There are poems in haibun form, lyric songs, linked-verse, and a Noh play. The personae of Old Tale Road include friends, ghosts, lovers, Buddhist monks, dead poets, mountain spirits, and the strangely named animals of the American West. Schelling is the author or editor of fifteen books, including The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry and Dropping the Bow: Poems from Ancient India, which received the Academy of American Poets translation award.





ISBN: 978-1-929355-47-1   105 pages    $15.00


“Andrew Schelling is the latest incarnation in an American poetic lineage that began with the Transcendentalists and moved west with Rexroth and Snyder: the unlikely and fortuitous conjunction of wilderness expertise, the observational precision of a natural historian, homegrown radical politics, and an immersion in Asian philosophy and writing.”—Eliot Weinberger


The Handful of Seeds

Three & a Half Essays



“A Grammar,” “Avalokiteshvara, Rocky Flats, and the New York Times,” “Old and New Litigation Songs,” and “Allen Ginsberg Death Notes”: Short essays on literature and philosophy, including the process of creation, by poet and translator Andrew Schelling.


This volume is the first in the Pleasure Boat Studio Chapbook Series.



“In a handful of wild seeds taken from any one natural community, there is hidden the distillation of millions of years of coevolution of plants and animals.”

Ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan,

quoted in the text


“That cry—confusion, anguish, complexity, fragile doomed beauty, toxic mistake—that is where Buddhism and poetry twine together. Both are attempts to hear the world’s noise, the anguished cries of sentient beings everywhere, however discordant—to discern their order, their pattern, with an eye to easing the misery.”

From the text

SBN 0-9651413-5-7  36 pages    $7.00


“Allen [Ginsberg] must have baffled a lot of listeners when he first began to chant mantras at poetry readings to the accompaniment of Tibetan finger cymbals or Indian shruti box (harmonium). Professors considered him silly. News magazines made fun of him. But more than anyone else he helped us see those magic early texts as poetry, and led us away from the peculiar Occidental weirdness which wants its religion safe in church, but sends poetry adrift and lonely to street or classroom. “

From the text


OTHER BOOKS BY ANDREW SCHELLING

Claw Moraine (1987)
Ktaadn's Lamp (1991)
Dropping the Bow: Poems from Ancient India (1991)
Moon Is A Piece of Tea (1993)
For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai (1993)
The India Book (1993)
Two Immortals (1994)
Old Growth: Poems & Notebooks 1986-1994 (1995)
Songs of the Sons & Daughters of Buddha
   (with Anne Waldman, 1996)
The Cane Groves of Narmada River (1998)
The Road to Ocosingo (1998)


Andrew Schelling | The Handful of Seeds | Three & a Half Essays

 

from THE HANDFUL OF SEEDS

"That cry–confusion, anguish, complexity, fragile doomed beauty, toxic mistake–that is where Buddhism and poetry twine together. Both are attempts to hear the world's noise, the anguished cries of sentient beings everywhere, however discordant–to discern their order, their pattern, with an eye to easing the misery."

"Allen [Ginsberg] must have baffled a lot of listeners when he first began to chant mantras at poetry readings to the accompaniment of Tibetan finger cymbals or Indian shruti box (harmonium). Professors considered him silly. News magazines made fun of him. But more than anyone else he helped us see those magic early texts as poetry, and led us away from the peculiar Occidental weirdness which wants its religion safe in church, but sends poetry adrift and lonely to street or classroom. "

"In a handful of wild seeds taken from any one natural community, there is hidden the distillation of millions of years of coevolution of plants and animals."

          —Gary Paul Nabhan, Ethnobotanist,

          quoted in THE HANDFUL OF SEEDS

 


 

Andrew Schelling, born 1953, grew up in New England. Early influences were the region's granite mountains and resurgent conifer forests, as well as Asian art collections seen in Cambridge and Boston. Moving west, he spent seventeen years in northern California. Wilderness explorations, companionship with urban-based poets of the San Francisco Bay Area, production of samizdat poetry journals, and travels through Europe, Asia and North America. Southeast Asian language study at The University of California, Berkeley, resulted in ongoing translation projects. In 1991 he moved to Boulder, Colorado, to join The Naropa Institute's faculty. He teaches poetry, Sanskrit and wilderness studies. E-mail: schell@ecentral.com.

Pleasure Boat Studio and Empty Bowl Press are proud to present two works by Andrew Schelling: Old Tale Road and The Handful of Seeds: Three and a Half Essays.