David Breeden

Rev. Dr. David Breeden has 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).

He is on the editorial board of the Virtual Artist’s Collective. Breeden blogs at http://wayofoneness.wordpress.com/ and http://revdocdavid.tumblr.com/.


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
Choking always
On piles of dust rising
Then once
At midnight
I slipped
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


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