Poetry. Religion & Spirituality. Zen. Sufi. "These small pieces are meant to be savored, to be chewed slowly one syllable at a time, swallowed and digested, metabolized and in time they should provide nourishment and comfort. Like moonlight and flowers they are already in you. Like moonlight and flowers they manifest when they will to those who can see them. Like moonlight and flowers there is a wavering sense of impermanence which adds to their lustrous beauty. I have many teachers who I have not named, friends and poets who have helped me understand who I am, who we are. The darkness here is all mine. The light is a reflection of my teachers. They have planted their word seeds; they have watered the stony ground inside with those same words and have enabled this emergent heart to flourish. Those buds opening now, that is the result of the work of my teachers."—Gerry Grubbs
Gerry Grubbs was a finalist for the 2016 Ohioana Library poetry book of the year for his collection The Hive is a Book we Read for its Honey. His poems have appeared in over 300 journals and reviews including The Bitter Oleander, The Cream City Review, Mudfish and more. This is his sixth book to be published by Dos Madres Press. He also has a new and selected, Radiant Kingdoms, from The Legal Studies Forum. His new book, LEARNING A NEW WAY TO LISTEN deals with grief and its aftermath. How grief grows out of love, is love, and how grief yields a greater love. Leading to the realization that nothing is ever lost.