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“Design” by Billy Collins

I pour a coating of salt on the table and make a circle in it with my finger. This is the cycle of life I say to no one. This is the wheel of fortune, the Arctic Circle. This is … Continue reading

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Human Ensos: Shinichi Maruyama

I have written about the artist Shinichi Maruyama before focusing on his enso series Koshu. In his new work, Nude, Maruyama has collaborated with choreographer Jessica Lang to create these seamless photographs created by combining 10,000 separate shots of individual … Continue reading

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“Circle” by Sengai

Eat this and have a cup of tea. xxxxxx Poem, image, and calligraphy by Sengai (1750-1837), translation by D.T. Suzuki

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An enso is a Japanese term for circle and is part of a zen aesthetic of spiritual mindfulness and enlightenment. An enso represents the entire universe in a single stroke, done with complete mindfulness in the present moment. The fresh, … Continue reading

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