This is the third poetry collection of a former Hindu monk turned Catholic. As might be expected, the content is theological...

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This is the third poetry collection of a former Hindu monk turned Catholic. As might be expected, the content is theological in the broad sense: the meaning of life, of death, advocacy of a stoical acceptance of the world as the way to inner peace (iron bars do not a prison make). Unfortunately, he is no Thomas Merton, and it is rare that his style matches his aspirations; as it slips from doggerel (""Cockroach from the kitchen sink,/ As you scuttle for the wall/ Should you stir yourself to think"") to melodrama (""I have the better bargain, after all:/ You have the body, but I have the soul"") with unpriestly abandon. A not-so-interesting failure.

Pub Date: Jan. 23, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1973