Late Liveries the Road, the Defilements
|Author: ||Thompson, Peter|
‘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.
"These bittersweet poems proclaim life’s eloquent contradictions. . . . Broadcasting the ancient dharma they sing of damage and desire. Sometimes they read as late-breaking reports from the long road, sometimes as a prayer. Taut, tough, and true, Peter Thompson’s Late Liveries are right on time." Peter Gizzi