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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 10, Number 1, March 2016

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Susan Diridoni
Kensington, California, USA


cup, rough-hewn

the seeping of a Japanese tea cup sweating beads tinged a browned red—the clay beneath the glaze—found in Tokyo while he lived still. barely two years of steeping hot water, a beautiful cup, rough-hewn. a cup always glad in the hand, as we were ever glad in our hands.

now incense will rise from the cup, from ash so finely powdered that it is made for the blended incense balls (nerikoh) to smolder beneath the ash, to yield a fragrance that confounds the nose, of mixed and mashed materials that seem to have traveled centuries to reach the brain . . . .

our near-visit to Eihei-ji double luck

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