Editor: Brian Unger
Part I: 32 pages, softcover, saddle-stitch binding
Part II: 34 pages, softcover, saddle-stitch binding
These books are comprised of entries from Whalen’s Journals from two key periods in his life: the mid to late 1950s following the public recognition of the Beats, and the early 1970s after his return from Japan and decision to live in a Zen monastery; with introductory essay.
PHILIP WHALEN was born in Portland, Oregon on October
20, 1923. He roomed with future poets Gary Snyder and Lew Welch's at
Reed College in Oregon. Whalen did not pursue a career in poetry, but
fell into it after Snyder asked him to take part in the famous Six
Gallery poetry reading in 1955. Like Snyder and Kerouac, Whalen took
Buddhism very seriously, and also like them he found spiritual
enlightenment as a fire lookout in the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific
Northwest. Whalen published many highly respected works of poetry, as
well as two novels, You Didn't Even Try and Imaginary Speeches for a
Brazen Head. He was ordained as a Zen monk in 1973. He lived as a
Buddhist in San Francisco until he died on June 26, 2002.
- The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA