Introduction


This book is not a mere collection of short pieces, but rather a unified whole. It was written over a period of more than fifty years (from the late 1960s to 2021), and is the first and only book published by the author.

Because it explores the boundary between the knowable and the unknowable, it uses a variety of forms and styles of expression including both versification and prose. An attempt has been made to be concise, precise and to the point.

The major influences on the work come from three sources, the Bible, classical Chinese poetry, and the vast and fabulous treasury of poetry written in the English language. Other influences include the books of Teilhard de Chardin, Frank J. Tipler, and Dostoevsky.

While the order of presentation has been carefully chosen, with a coherent thread running from beginning to end, it does not have to be read in that order. You are encouraged to read and experience it in any manner in which the spirit moves you, and in fact it is hoped that you will come back again and again to parts of it.

The book is made up of four parts. "New Psalms" are lyrical poems that explore the existential questions of human life, and are inspired by the Book of Psalms in the Bible.

"Analects" are short poems and aphorisms in the tradition of such poems from classical Chinese literature, as read in translation into English.

"Manifesto" is similar to "New Psalms" but the poems are a bit more assertive, aggressive, and perhaps with a sharper edge to them.

"Meditations" are prose pieces including prose poems, prayers, and essays.