Scott Shaw

(1958 / Hollywood, California)

Biography of Scott Shaw

Scott Shaw poet

Scott Shaw is a poet, author, journalist, musician, actor, and filmmaker. Shaw was born and spent his formative years in Hollywood, California - growing up just a few doors from Charles Bukowski. Though much younger than Bukowski, the two developed a friendship.

Shaw's poetry and literary fiction was first published in literary journals in the late 1970s. He continued forward to have several works of poetry and literature published in book form during the 1980s. As the 1990s dawned, Shaw's writings began to be embraced in Spiritual and Martial Art circles. From this, he has authored a number of books on Zen Buddhism, Yoga, and the Martial Arts, published by large publishing houses.

In addition to writing, Shaw has an active career as an actor and filmmaker. In 1991 he developed a new style of filmmaking that he titled, Zen Filmmaking. In Zen Filmmaking no screenplays are used in the creation of a film, 'The spontaneous creative energy of the filmmaker is the only definng factor.'

Several of Scott Shaw's books on poetry have been published; they include: Bangkok and the Nights of Drunken Stupor, Last Will and Testament According to the Divine Rites of the Drug Cocaine, Love Lived Too Long, Shattered Thoughts, No Kisses for the Sinner, Sake in a Glass Sushi with Your Fingers: Fifteen Minutes in Tokyo, Scream: Southeast Asia and the Dream, Suicide Slowly, The Most Beautiful Woman in Shanghai, TKO: A Drunken Night in Tokyo, Wet Dreams and Placid Silence, and Zero One.

As a university professor, Shaw has taught courses on Asian Studies and Filmmaking at such institutions as the University of California, Los Angeles, California State University, Los Angeles, the University of Oxford, Silpakorn University, and the Korea National University of the Arts.

Scott Shaw's Works:

About Peace,
Advanced Taekwondo,
Bangkok and the Nights of Drunken Stupor,
Cambodian Refugees in Long Beach, California: The Definitive Study,
Chi Kung for Beginners: Master the Flow of Chi for Good Health, Stress Reductions & Increased Energy,
E.Q.,
Gods In Polyester: A Survivors' Account Of 70's Cinema Obscura,
Hapkido: Korean Art of Self-Defense,
The History of the Hmong,
Junk,
L. A. Tales from the Suburban Side of Hell,
Last Will & Testament According to the Divine Rites of the Drug Cocaine,
Los Angeles Koreatown: An Urban Geographical View of the Factors That Lead to Its Inception & Its Current Urbanization,
Love Lived Too Long,
No Kisses for the Sinner,
Nirvana in a Nutshell: 157 Zen Meditations,
Sake in a Glass, Sushi with Your Fingers: Fifteen Minutes in Tokyo,
Samurai Zen,
Sanskrit, the Language: Inception and Modern Day Ramifications,
Scream: Southeast Asia & the Dream,
Shanghai Whispers Shanghai Screams,
Shattered Thoughts,
Siam Tracy,
Simple Bliss: Nirvana Made Easy,
Suicide Slowly,
Taekwondo Basics,
The Ki Process: Korean Secrets for Cultivating Dynamic Energy,
The Little Book of Yoga Breathing: Pranayama Made Easy,
The Tao of Self-Defense,
The Most Beautiful Woman in Shanghai,
The Passionate Kiss of Illusion,
There Is No Wind Through the Trees on a Treeless Beach,
The Warrior Is Silent: Martial Art and the Spiritual Path,
TKO: A Lost Night in Tokyo,
War,
Wet Dreams and Placid Silence,
Wo' Ton of the Blue Vision,
Yoga the Inner Journey,
Zen O'Clock: Time to Be,
Zero One

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an empty bottle of wine

an empty bottle of wine

drink
myself to sleep

another night
lost in all its illusion

time has taken

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