Marc Olmsted: Fresh Lotus Rehab


Fresh Lotus Rehab by Marc Olmsted

"old Buddha friend out of 3 year retreat and his 20 year old hippie niece
from Seattle come along
even my usual all-in-black unshaven dirty hair
pierced ear with a skull
wraparound shades
wont pass here
bands amped from god knows what power source
a nod to the older gent w/mohawk,
a ferret on his shoulder,

- Metal Thoughts

Fresh Lotus Rehab by Marc Olmsted is a long overdo peek into the secret planet of someone who could perhaps be the last of the Beat poet generation (maybe one of the founders of the post-beat generation). Now well traveled, Marc presents a fresh rendering of verse utilizing the big mind style, that is to say, as Ginsberg’s Buddhist teacher said, “First thought/best thought” or poetry that is uninhibited and honest, unconcerned with over-thinking or over-analyzing. And truly the poetry of Fresh Lotus Rehab takes us into this realm of poetry writing and spices it up with events relevant to today. We learn of the personal tragedies and peeves of the poet, which is always interesting where juxtaposed with Buddhist philosophies, and peer into the poetic thought process over events like the arrival of the Olympic Torch in San Francisco, the fires of South California, the ghosts of the war for oil. For all it’s timeliness, Fresh Lotus Rehab remains personal, a gift from the poet to the reader. And what a gift indeed. Marc Olmsted has released 3 previous books: Milky Desire (Subterranean Press, 1991), Resume (Inevitable Press, 1998), and What Use Am I a Hungry Ghost(Contemporary Press, 2001) which included an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Marc has lectured at Naropa University and U.C. Berkeley.


ISBN: (nil)
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Virgogray Press
Publish Date: February 11, 2009
Language: English
Pages: 41
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Dimensions: 6.0in wide × 9.0in tall
Cover Art: Lango

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