Thomas Merton Series

The Merton Annual Volume 22 – The Poetry of Thomas Merton


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“The authors of the essays presented in this volume have explored, discovered, and articulated insights gained from their study of Merton’s poetry — insights that will enhance our understanding and appreciation of Merton as a poet whose message needs to be heard today as he opens for our world at the outset of the twenty first century a road less traveled yet far more promising than any of the ones on the horizon.” From the Introduction by David Belcastro.

The Merton Annual publishes articles about Thomas Merton and about related matters of major concern to his life and work. Its purpose is to enhance Merton’s reputation as a writer and monk, to continue to develop his message for our times, and to provide a regular outlet for substantial Merton-related scholarship. The Merton Annual includes as regular features, reviews, review-essays, a bibliographic survey, interviews, and first appearances of unpublished or obscurely published Merton materials, photographs and art.  Essays about related literary and spiritual matters are also considered.

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  • 2009
  • 9781891785559
  • 295

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The Merton Annual Volume 22 – The Poetry of Thomas Merton
    • Grateful acknowledgement is expressed to the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University for permission to reproduce the calligraphy of Thomas Merton for the cover artwork.


Thomas Merton was a poet. From his first published book in 1944, Thirty Poems, up until his final days in Asia, Merton continued to write poetry. In this volume of The Merton Annual the editors have brought together a fine collection of papers by all the major scholars who have addressed Merton's poetry. Here we have one of the first volumes of essays dedicated to this important aspect of Merton's life and thought that has been neglected for far too long. It is truly a milestone in Merton studies to have these materials available and the editors are to be congratulated.
Paul M. Pearson, Director & Archivist, Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University
Volume 22 of The Merton Annual is a superb volume of articles by a variety of scholars offering new and needed insights into Merton's poetry. Readers who find some of Merton's poetry difficult and at times seemingly impenetrable will find here new ways to read, understand, and enjoy. Volume 2 is an excellent contribution to the ever-growing library of books and articles dealing with Gethsemani's distinguished monk.
William H. Shannon, Professor Emeritus, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York
A note on the cover illustration: Among the most mysterious and beautiful of Thomas Merton's prints created at the hermitage in the mid-1960's, this work would have been made by pressing a sheet of paper against a jigsaw-like pattern of lightly inked, ordinary mailing envelopes. An explorer of boundaries and infinities in the inner life, Merton might have perceived this image as an angular "cloud of unknowing," true to his experience.
Roger Lipsey, author of Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton