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By Patrick Goldsmith
Mar 9, 2009
"The Wayfarer Sonnets" I figured I'd just give you some quick feedback... (It'll take more than one read-through to really get deeply into them...). I've enjoyed them a lot. I like the rhyming and the free-wheeling rhythm. They have something of a Robert Hunter vibe. There are some occasional weird beats and at times the phrasing threw me off a little, but I have that problem with Shakespeare, too. Reading this stuff is soothing insofar as it's a constant, needful reminder of what it's all about. It's great to have a classic "re-lifed". As ever, John Stadler
"The Wayfarer Sonnets by Patrick D. Goldsmith" This book takes you on a spiritual and creative journey, along the path of the I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes. To the journeyer, the author offers his Wayfarer Sonnets. This collection of poems is a series of 64 sonnets, each corresponding to the one of the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching. Each sonnet is the author’s creative interpretation and response to that particular hexagram. The realms of human history and nature are encapsulated within the 64 hexagrams. Accordingly, the I Ching has been both the subject of philosophical speculation and divination for over 3,000 years. As the I Ching stimulated the author’s creative flow, which resulted in this volume, so reading his interpretation and refection on them could both lead the reader back to the I Ching, as a source of wisdom and inspiration, and also stimulate the reader’s creative and imaginative faculty. The book is already one of the best selling books in the category... More > of the I Ching in Lulu.com. Patrick’s interpretations and poetic renderings often help the reader to clarify and understand the original text. This could help the reader’s insight to emerge, and cultivate their moral sense, too. Let me present two examples of this. His final lines of the main paragraph for #5, Waiting, Nourishment reads: “… making progress step by step problems are resolved, While in the natural course of things, beings become evolved.” On the development of a moral sense in people, we are offered this account in #13, Fellowship with Men. “For situations do transpire when the best come to the fore, Blessings develop to unit us, compassion at our core.” I encourage people to read The Wayfarer Sonnets, Companions to the Book of Changes ... by Patrick D. Goldsmith. This book could provide you with hours of inspiration and insight, into the workings of nature, and human nature. It provides a readable, insightful commentary and creative interpretation of one of the great Spiritual Classics of all time. Paul Dolinsky, www.buddhistpoems.com< Less