WALLACE STEVENS took to heart Kakuzo Okakura’s question, “When will the West understand, or try to understand, the East?” Okakura’s 1906 treatise on the Chan Buddhist and/or Zen infused tea ceremony, “The Book of Tea,” fell into Stevens’ hands by way of his Harvard acquaintances, Walter Bynner and Arther D. Ficke (Willis). His first national […]

1. In the beginning The Muse created the words and the music. 2. Now humankind was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of their souls, and the Spirit of The Muse hovered over. 3. And The Muse said, “Let there be light,” and the stage was lit. 4. And the Muse saw that […]