Thompson, Peter S. Books
About the author: Peter S. Thompson studied French language and literature at Princeton and Brown Universities, and has taught French most of his life. He has traveled widely, and has made a study of the French colonial world and francophone literature. Aside from his own poetry and translations, he has edited two anthologies of French literature: Négritude et nouveaux mondes (Wayside) and Litérature moderne du monde francophone (McGraw Hill). Dr. Thompson has received several grants and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1995, Dr. Thompson has run a small foundation, the Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers, and he currently teaches at Roger Williams University.1999 0-7734-3112-8
‘The defilements’ are meditations, personal but universal, too. They are the product of many years’ reflection on the Dharma, and long struggle with the forces (needs, passions) that thwart transcendent peace. ‘The road’ is a physical reflection of this journey, and complements the other poems with quiet, incantatory moments from scattered parts of the world.