These poems arise from and reveal the contemplative heart, a simple mystery. ‘Taste death / the spice of life,” Quenon writes, or “Doubt everything / but your own doubt”. He takes as his text the monk’s habit to produce simple, profound portraits of a life of solitude in community, community in solitude.
“Photographs complement and expand the poems, an elegant symbiosis of word and image, spirit and flesh. From these we can learn a more harmonious way of perceiving and living with ourselves, with others, and with the world – if we only take the time.
“Let those who have ears, listen; let those who have eyes, look.”
– Fenton Johnson
Author, Keeping Faith: A Skeptic’s Journey Among Christian and Buddhist Monks