Sunday, November 25, 2012

Depressing Truths

The First Noble Truth  --by Steve Kowit

77 Pages
footnotes/endnotes: No
Illustrations: No
Suitable for eReaders: Yes

The First Noble Truth:
all humanity suffers --
but we bring it on ourselves
and it is within ourselves
to choose to continue the
suffering, or to find enlightenment.

After the first six poems
of this book, I chose
to leave the suffering of
others for something more
enlightened and peaceful.

If the suffering of other
beings is what you long for,
if their suffering somehow
makes your suffering less,
by comparison, then by all
means, buy and read this book.

I did not finish this book, and doubt, seriously, that I ever will. The writing and style appeal to me, but the poems were just too darned depressing. The writing is clear, the style accessible, but....

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