Mentor, Ohio: Generator Press, 1991.
Softcover. Fine. 39 pp, fine in original stapled wrappers. A volume in the Generator Press Chapbook Series (offering "a wide range of contemporary experimental visual and language poetries") and a scarce Higgins title. Publisher John Byrum writes in his preface "Dick Higgins wrote The Autobiography of the Moon in 1981 as a verse commentary on the Hsin-Hsin-Ming by Seng-ts'an (died 606 c.e.), the third Chinese Patriarch of Zen Buddhism. In his preface to the 1984 Lebeer Hossmann edition of the Hsin-Hsin-Ming, translator George Brecht described Seng-ts'an's text as 'a succinct statement of Mahayana, and especially of Zen belief, consisting of seventy-three unrhymed verses of eight characters each.' This edition, designed by Mr. Higgins, couples the two texts on facing pages."