New Directions, (1966)
LibraryThing member JBreedlove
Parts were insightful but most of the book was unrelated to anything I can identify with. Along with capitalized Religious words was an invented mythology and a contrived convention that was a waste of words. Surely not on of Merton's best. Or am I just beyond or deaf mythology now?
LibraryThing member josephquinton
A GATHERING OF MERTON'S PROSE, WITH AN OCCASIONAL POEM WE FORGET HE WAS AN ACOMPLISHED POET, EVEN HIS PROSE REFLECTS THIS. EVEN THIS BOOK IS ILLUSTRATED WITH HIS DRAWINGS (WASHES). THE FIRST PIECE IS ONE OF HIS MOST FAMOUS "RAIN AND THE RHONOCEROS" A REFLECTION ON TODAY'S WORLD AND THE COMFORT HE HAS FOUND IN HIS HERMITAGE. iFTHIS WERE THE ONLY ESSAY IN THE BOOK IT WOULD BE WORTH HOLDING ON TO. OF INTEREST IS HIS "MESSAGE TO POETS" WITH THE STARTLING PHRASE "THE REASON FOR A POEM IS NOT DISCOVERED UNTIK THE POEM ITSELF EXISTS."