Praising the Monk Linji
All along Dao's work: just monastic rules.
Huangbo's stick meets head . . . . . great unknowing.
Transmission, clear and true, Diligence's bulls-eye.
Chanting that furyu love poem until it's completely broken

One Pause Poetry

Named for the 15th-century enlightened Zen master and poet Ikkyu (whose name means “Once Paused”), One Pause Poetry strives to make poetry accessible to all. One Pause was founded by us at Tsogyelgar, and is non-academic and non–market-driven. One Pause Poetry honors diversity and quality in our selection process and is dedicated to supporting Michigan poets. We select both established and emerging writers for our series and website, with the goal of breaking down categories and camps and encouraging collaboration and innovation across poetic forms, the arts and media.

Since its beginning, One Pause Poetry has received generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, the Dam Tsig Foundation, White Lotus Farms, The Zell Series at U of M, and other generous individual donors, interns and more than forty volunteers.

You can find out more about One Pause Poetry, access audio recordings of poets, and learn about events at

our programs

2010 Nathaniel Mackey, John Tipton, Peter O'Leary, Joel Brouwer, Sabrina Orah Mark, Christine Hume, Julie Carr

2011 Franz Wright, Clayton Eshleman, Jerome Rothenberg, Mark Wunderlich, Raymond McDaniel, Monica Youn, Keith Taylor, Laura Kasischke, Jericho Brown, A. Van Jordan, Aaron McCollough

2012 Anne Waldman, Tracy K. Smith, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jennifer Chang, Khaled Mattawa, Nathaniel Tarn, Sarah Messer, francine j harris, Joseph Chapman, Oni Buchanan, Jon Woodward, Benjamin Paloff, Matthew Rohrer, Ken Mikolowski

2013 Andrei Codrescu, Malena Morling, Michael McGriff

2014 Susan Hutton, Yona Harvey, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, C.D. Wright, Forrest Gander

2015 Jamaal May, Tarfia Faizullah, Matthew Olzmann, Gary Snyder

To listen to audio of our readings or watch videos, please visit our media library, or our youtube channel.