Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and professor of English, University of California, Berkeley, is an award-winning poet, writer, and researcher. His previous books include Coming to Jakarta, Listening to the Candle, Minding the Darkness, and C
Mosaic Orpheusby Peter Scott
Working always to connect the polemical to the personal, Peter Dale Scott's political poems - from the tear gas of Berkeley protests in the 1960s to the problems of Thai forest monks in an era of drug-trafficking and deforestation - are a process of self-questioning. Self-questioning also marks his meditation poems, including a sequence on the death of his first wife.
In opposition to contemporary poems of studied meaninglessness, Scott increasingly recognizes a compulsion in himself to radically reaffirm traditional rejections of the external world and turn to the refuges of poets before him, the enduring commonplaces that are more than clichès.
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