In the vivid "After Portugal", the simple act of doing a load of laundry after returning home from time abroad brings back moonlit memories
Ziyong Chengru – Ten Verses
Chinese Nun Ziyong Chengru on the pain of parting and how to draw solace from the cyclical nature of time and landscape.
Guadalupe Salgado Partida – Nearing Heaven
Guadalupe Salgado Partida, with her poem "Nearing Heaven", tilts our eyes skyward, just as the eyes of the poem's narrator when she asks her father about God.
Lily Jarman-Reisch – Camino Real
In Camino Real, Lily Jarman-Reisch details a road trip in the exhausted American West, from the Pacific Coast.
Around the Rings of Saturn
BY JAMES SNOW Falling in love with someone in a foreign city poses the question: is it the person or the place I’m really in love with?
Andrew Withers – Beside the Water
Andrew Withers' Beside the Water is one of a series of poems written upon his return home to the UK after two years spent living and working in South East Asia.
The Path That Leads Into the Mountains
In 1993, Zen teacher Joan Halifax published a book called The Fruitful Darkness based on her anthropological engagements with Tibetan Buddhists, Mexican shamans, Native American elders and other tribal communities.
The Most Penetrating Preachers: Herman Hesse’s Ode to Trees
This wonderful fragment of Hermann Hesse's writing comes from a book that's actually out of print and one of the hardest of the author's books to come by - Wandering: Notes and Sketches. The book itself follows the author's contemplations through nature and the insights that transpired. Here he talks about his reverence for trees,… Continue reading The Most Penetrating Preachers: Herman Hesse’s Ode to Trees
Pico Iyer – Coming Back Home
Pico Iyer is a writer concerned with travel and the expansion of spiritual horizons. His book, 'The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere', is an exploration of stillness and movement, and an account of his relationships with his friends Leonard Cohen and the Dalai Lama. In this excerpt, he starts to talk about the… Continue reading Pico Iyer – Coming Back Home