Zen Duende is the product of nearly three years of daily collaboration by elder American poets Glenna Luschei and Eric Greinke. They began their exchange following the deaths of their longtime friends, poets Hugh Fox and Harry Smith, with each writing one line a day.In these enigmatic, often humorous poems, two accomplished poets explore the meaning of life and death, memory and attachment. In a wide range of formats, Luschei and Greinke exhibit a flexibility and passion for language that is rare at any age, smiling at mortality, aglow with refreshing joie de vivre. The collection is presented in five contrasting sections that range from long poems to one-liners with titles that bear more than a passing resemblance to Zen koans. The final section contains an excerpt from the poets’ daily correspondence that illuminates the energy source of the poems. In the blending of their personae, Luschei and Greinke have created a unique voice that transcends their individual styles.
(Presa Press, 2016, 64 pages, ISBN 978-0-9965026-1-0, Trade Paperback, $13.95 USA)