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POEMS FROM MYTHS & TEXTS (1960)
“This is a poem for Maitreya, the future Buddha…”

Reed College, February 14, 1956

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Maitreya the future Buddha” was moved to the third section of the poem, becoming “Burning 4” in the final version. The poem is one of the earliest pieces of Myths & Texts, and had already been published in 1954 in the Berkeley Bussei, the magazine of the Berkeley Buddhist Church. No variations between recording and published text.

BEASTS
Introductory Remarks to “Beasts”
“First Shaman Song: In the village of the dead…” 
“‘Birds’—Birds in a whirl, drift to the rooftops…” 
“The swallow shell that eases birth…”
“Now some poems about bears…”
“‘Deer’—I dance on all the mountains…”
“‘Tiger’s Song’: I gnaw the body of delight…”
“The head of the mountain goat is in the corner…” 
“‘Mouse’— Cat wouldn’t finish that mouse…”
“Two Dance Songs for a Four-Crowned Dancing Hat”
“This is a poem for Maitreya, the future Buddha…”
“Gull came down slantwise over the deck…”
“This is in the Olympics, the Grey Wolf Valley…” 
“The Dosewallips Valley…In the ruins of a CCC shelter…”
“First day of the world…”
“How rare to be born a human being…”

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