Rev. Dr. David Breedenhas a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, with additional study in writing and Buddhism at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School.
His latest book, Raging for the Exit: A Commonplace Book, is a correspondence in poetry with philosopher and theologian Steven Schroeder. Breeden has published four novels and thirteen books of poetry, the newest titled They Played for Timelessness (With Chips of When).
Falling into the Sky
(Based on a Poem by Zen Monk Muso Soseki)
Years end ways
I dug and dug
Deeper into the earth
Looking for blue heaven
On piles of dust rising
And fell into the sky
Toki-no-Ge (Satori Poem)
by Muso Soseki (English version by W. S. Merwin )
Year after year I dug in the earth looking for the blue of heaven only to feel the pile of dirt choking me until once in the dead of night I tripped on a broken brick and kicked it into the air and saw that without a thought I had smashed the bones of the empty sky