Buoyant blog of Canadian haiku poet (haijin) Chris Faiers/cricket. Poetry, esp. People's Poetry in the tradition of Milton Acorn, haiku/haibun, progressive politikal rants, articles on engaged Buddhism and meditation, info on ZenRiver Gardens retreat near Marmora and annual Purdy Country LitFests (PurdyFests), events literary and politikal, and pics, amid swirling currents of earth magick and shamanism.
Eel Pie Island Dharma: A hippie memoir/haibun By Chris
Faiers Published by Hidden Brook Press ISBN - 978-1-897475-92-8
www.hiddenbrookpress.com This book is one of the most important
historical document of the 60s, a memoir in haibun form. It is part of
the Hidden Brook Press, celebrated North Shore Series - the 28th book in
this renowned Canadian literature series. This memoir of a sixties
survivor has become a haiku/haibun classic and an oft-quoted reference
for the heady ferment which was the tail end of the 1960s. Meet a
Beatle! Attend the first Glastonbury music festival! Fight cops and
skinheads at the infamous 144 Piccadilly squat! Hear a banshee and walk
across Ireland ... live in the derelict Eel Pie Island Hotel with
hippies, junkies and bikers ... be seduced by school girls ... drop acid
in Cambridge ... sleep in a cave on Formentera ... Before the draft for
the Vietnam War called, Chris Faiers was a shy bookworm. But he read
his Kerouac, and when the draft notices kept coming, "Canadian Chris"
hit the dharma road feet first and didn't look back for three years.