Eric Beach

(1947 - / New Zealand)

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Eric Beach, born 1947, is a New Zealand and Australian poet, playwright, and short story writer.


Born in New Zealand, Beach has lived in Tasmania and in Victoria since 1972. He is active in the Australian Performance Poetry scene, performing at workshops, readings and events around Australia.

Eric Beach is one of Australia's most unusual and accessible poets. His work has been performed all over the country, at the Pram Factory and the Opera House, on trams and ferries, sung in jazz festivals, and writ large on billboards in railway stations. Eric is well-known as an Australian poet, playwright and community writer who currently lives in Victoria, ... more »

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Best Poem of Eric Beach

Western Buddhism Out Of Zen

for thirty years
I wondered whether that famous haiku
or hokku should run

'th frog jumps into
th still pond


'th frog jumps into
th still pond

after thirty years
I ask midori
to recite th haik
in japanese

she hardly needs to tell me
it's that almost noiseless
entrance of frog
into water

when one's attentive
one can miss th whole point
that moment of entry

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