This index includes broadsides of poetry and prose
2. Zaõ Gongen [pseud. Ira Cohen]. NEMBUTSU *
(Kathmandu): (Bardo Matrix), October 1975
First edition, broadside, 5″ x 15.5″, letterpress printed on handmade Nepali paper. Designed by Ira Cohen.
According to BeatBooks: Written six days after MacLise’s death in Kathmandu in June 1979.
According to Ira Cohen in his essay “The Great Rice Paper Adventure”: In 1979 Angus MacLise died on the Summer Solstice and the cycle seemed to be over. The great rice paper adventure drew to a close as most of us left Nepal and moved on. It became more difficult to continue on limited funds, the emphasis on “bona fide” tourists increased, and the valley was filled with all the worst signs of twentieth century commodification. For a few years we were privileged to help turn the prayer wheels of this Himalayan kingdom which gave us a sense of being Akashic Agents, dedicated to preserving the records of our time, there in Shangri-La.
[*not in archive]