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About Zen and Contemplative Inquiry

This chapter presents that poetry is promoted as a strategy for best practices in qualitative research methods, following from the example of Zen poetry. Poetry as a form of inquiry and thought is gaining ground in the social sciences, as evidenced by the recently growing literature on poetry and qualitative research. The most used poetic form is found data poetry. Found data poems are exactly that: found. They are poems found in interview transcripts, in documents from the research site, in performances, and in any text relevant to the research project. Many in the field of arts based research (ABR) have led the way in describing and validating poetry as a form of inquiry. Of all the art forms, poetry is most suited to representing the mind. Another type of Zen poetry is Japanese death poetry, which is the poetry of Zen monks and haiku poets at the verge of death.