Andrew Furst

Downtown – Verse Us (Poems by Me)

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Downtown The horizon is brought. Out on the floor in Lowell. Before the youth burst And everyone’s ears are blasted, There is the smell of urgency That something real will bloom; On a riff, or some contact, or a word. From this angle the only advice I’d offer Is Don’t wait for it If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Verse Us – Poems I write: haiku, senryu, mesostics, free verse, random word constructions, I might even use rhyme or meter once and a while. Dialectic Two Step, Modern…read more

Love & Courage – Found Art

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Love & Courage – This found art, inspired by Austin Kleon, arises from a new daily meditation practice – blackout (or in this case yellow out) poetry. I’ve taken a book about Lee Hood (a pioneer in the fields of genetics) and, one page at a time, I search for and find poems. I suspect one or more of this series will end up in the mailboxes of my Patreon supporters.


How Has Awakening Changed Your Meditation Practice? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: How Has Awakening Changed Your Meditation Practice? Response: If you are reading this, you are awake. If you are meditating, you are awake. I mean this in a common sense way and in the language of the Buddha. Meditation is practice being awake. It is an exploration of the depth and subtlety of the awareness that is available to all of us. There is a persistent misunderstanding of enlightenment as a transition from one persistent state of unenlightenment to a new state of enlightenment. This is why there are…read more

Singapore by Mary Oliver – Compass Songs

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I was listening to Many Miles: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver and her poem Singapore stood right out at me.  I hope you enjoy. Singapore by Mary Oliver In Singapore, in the airport, A darkness was ripped from my eyes. In the women’s restroom, one compartment stood open. A woman knelt there, washing something in the white bowl. Disgust argued in my stomach and I felt, in my pocket, for my ticket. A poem should always have birds in it. Kingfishers, say, with their bold eyes and gaudy wings. Rivers…read more

If God Existed, Could He Create a More Powerful God? – Modern Koans

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Question: If god existed, could he create a more powerful god? Response: This is a logic trick designed to target the weakness in a theological definition of God in the tradition of Aquinas. If a God were truly omnipotent, then it would be able to create anything right? This would include something greater than itself. The alternative would be that the God was not omnipotent. Theologians aspire to use logic in the purposes of theology, but strictly speaking it is not useful and not applicable. The value of logic is…read more

The Best Articles of 2017

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Why do you come here?  So, that’s a rhetorical question, but if you have a response, please write it up in a comment below.  Now back to the question.  Each month I publish a “best of” series where I list the top 10 articles that were being read in that particular month. As New Years hovered nearby, I thought it would be a good idea to publish a list of the best articles of 2017. Looking at the list tells me a lot about you.  It tells me that you’re…read more