Buddha's Fingerprint is
a small booklet, what some in the field label a chapbook. Regardless
of size, however, it is a worthwhile read;
a short jaunt into the poetic mind of Stanford Forrester, the owner and
Publisher of bottle rockets Press. Forrester is a haiku poet and devout
Buddhist, the traits intermingling to shape poems that are both
minimalist and Zen in conceptualization and breath.
Take, for instance, the first poem in the booklet:
in the sand...
It is a senryu, in that the main emphasis of this poem focuses on the
human element. It is not a poem one can understand instantly. Forrester
is not one for writing snapshot poetry, the kind that requires little
or no thinking. There is an ambiguity to the poem.
On the surface, because
of its brevity, it appears simple, but with anything dealing with a
Zen plane, there are multiple layers
to explore. Nothing simply is. This is what I like about Forrester's
style of Japanese short form poetry, be it haiku or senryu, or somewhere
in between. There is room to think and to interpret.
The 20 poems in this booklet are gems, each one to be savored,
their facets explored. A short booklet? Yes. But one that deserves
to be read, studied, and examined, both for form and for message
Stanford Forrester, a thinking person's poet.