Kung Fu: The Master was originally published in the 1970s, and was praised for its meaningful prose and diverse range of topics. It has been out of print for more than thirty years, so why re-release it now? As it turns out, people are still seeking it out, with some paying as much as $200 for a copy that's still in good condition. The 2020 extended edition of Kung Fu: The Master contains all of the poetry from the original book, as well as a section of new poems by the author.
Kung Fu: The Master is a book of human feeling, experience and creativity. Each poem is a work of art; a story in itself. Turner skillfully and creatively shares with us the beauty, the ugliness, the disgust and the sensuality that he has known. His writing is filled with color and rhythm, and addresses both timeless and timely topics. As Turner himself states:
"I’m still the same person I was in the 1970s, I am always on a journey of growth. It’s not unlike a Martial artist adding a new technique to his art. It fits into the whole.
The poet adapts to the present time."
Vernon Kitabu Turner is an author, spiritual guru, and martial arts master. In 1967, after a chance meeting with his first teacher, Nomura Roshi, Turner experienced a profound opening in both his meditation and martial arts practice. His other books include Soul Sword: The Way and Mind of a Zen Warrior and The Secret of Freedom.
Author Residence: Virginia Beach, VA