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This poem is taken from PN Review 255, Volume 47 Number 1, September - October 2020.

The Father Heavens Joe Carrick-Varty
After Buddhism at the British Library, 25 October 2019 – 29 February 2020

Father Cosmology

This cosmological map depicts the heavenly
realm called 82a Wytham Street with palaces, gardens
and marketplaces for the 33 fathers who reside there.
In the middle is the settee of the father
Daniel who is lord of this heaven. See
the hot rock hole, the ancient shape of a backside.
Take a seat. Oh, you’ve done that before. This is one
of six heavens or celestial realms.

Fathers of Previous World Cycles

In the Theravāda tradition, four fathers are believed
to have attained Nirvana. The history of these fathers
is given in a text which is traditionally read
to sons in the bath. Kukusandha father
(top) is the first father, Konāgamana is the second

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