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Village Zendo ArtsA new group for sangha artists
Sensei Joshin O'Hara
Jaime Denko ApraezPaintings
Ross BlecknerPaintings
David Van BuskirkTextiles
Jean Yugetsu CarlomustoVideo
Sam ClaytonPaintings
Marc-Antoine DupontPhotograms
Matthew Daian FassMusic
Rodney Musho GreenblatPainting
Liam Oshin JenningsSculpture
Nina Shuka KlippelPoems
Genine Koun LentinePublic Displays of Attention
Jeremy Tokuyu ManasiaMusic
Joshua Mitsunen MosesPoems
Steve Junryu ReedPoem and Photography
Aaron Ryuko ShraggeMusic
Sybil Myoshin TaylorHaiku
Julie Myoko TerestmanCeramics
Tim TuckerPoem and Photography

The Gloaming Luminescence of Winter

Ardent winter sun persists,

fencing master of light,

parry's clouds, fades

now into pavement dusk, evening

scuttle. If stranded in midtown and

mist-marred street lamps fail,

take this charm, repeat it three times: May we dissolve

limitless in light, flowering. This body,

make of it a song, that it be company with earth,

open—tied with gossamer to hermetic luminescence. In cold winter

heavens know such succor remains, shines through

the gloam. Light us, lead us—home.

Winter rocks

Leaving Missoula Again
Thanksgiving 2008

In snow-limned mountains,

peregrinating ghosts of

uncertain dispositions,

children wave,

expanding hearts' walls—

blank space of departure.


Joshua Moses is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he focuses on the relationship between religion and mental health in disaster settings. He is a Ruth L. Kirchstein Fellow with the National Institute of Mental Health, and research director for the New York City Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Joshua's poetry has appeared in Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry, among other places. He has written on trauma and disaster, but has recently given up apocalyptic thinking.

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