Title: Satori Blues: A Poem

Author: Cyril Wong

Call No.: WON

Review: Cyril’s new chapbook-length poem records a yearning for spiritual truth and clarity. In less experienced hands, it could so easily turn hokey. It is, instead, a sensitive account of a whole-person response to Buddhist thinkers such as Jiddu Krishnamurti, Thich Nhat Hanh, Shunryu Suzuki, U. G. Krishnamurti and Alan Watts. I have only read Alan Watts, among these writers. He appears twice by name in Satori Blues, critical of the oversimplification of an Euclidean conception of the world, and critical of the hostile nihilism in Kerouac’s version of Zen Buddhism. The poem tries to find its own open and gentle way.

Source: Reader’s Review: Jee Leong Koh, 2011