Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Stewart W. Holmes. (Profile)

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Stewart W. Holmes. (Profile)

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Stewart W. Holmes, who earned his Ph.D. in English at Yale, has taught students in preparatory schools and colleges and universities. He worked as editor and collaborator with authors of English textbooks and wrote English in Action Composition, English in Action Grammar, and Meaning in Language. His Zen Art for Meditation, published in 1973 and continuing in print, has a companion volume, Zen Haiku (2000). A German edition of Zen Art for Meditation has the title Tuschespuren in der Ewigkeit. Meditationen uber Kunstwerke des Zen.

Many of his articles have appeared in ETC: A Review of General Semantics and in other publications of the International Society for General Semantics as well as publications of the Modern Language Association. Dr. Holmes currently composes weekly essays for a Zen meditation group.

"I wrote the haiku in Zen Haiku over the past several years and in various locations. Since we moved to our present home on the side of Echo Mountain, I have taken to getting up in the wee hours to stand on the deck. There, my time has no demands on it, and my space extends widely to two mountain ridges to the south and vertically to the stars. I don't take with me an intention to write haiku. They come to me. When they do, I write descriptions of the perceptions that gave birth to them. My personal, ineffable reactions to these perceptions I think of as momentary enlightenments."

Holmes is much interested in relations between our symbolic language and our behavior -- specifically, within the disciplines of General Semantics and Zen. In Meaning in Language and in Zen Art for Meditation, he wrote about these fields. In The Inner Game of Life, he describes ways in which both approaches may be correlated. …

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