What does it mean to be a conscientious objector during a war that nearly all one’s fellow citizens favor? What does it mean to take such a stance at the same time that one is getting started as a poet?
The Fire Teaching
Deeply informed by Ms. Kingston’s Buddhist practices and values, The Fifth Book of Peace is a hybrid of memoir, scholarship, and fiction, each of which examines the nature of and possibilities for creating a “beloved community.”
Seamus Heaney’s last book reminds us that no other poet has so profoundly embraced the task of articulating a defense of poetry for our time.