on 10 March 2013
Five stars .? : because its hard to imagine anything more satisfying These poems are as modern as tomorrow and yet embrace something ancient In the human spirit Steve Taylor has moved aside from his other books all of which I have, and excellent they are, on the subject of the human ego and its effect on our world and the possibility of (hopefully ) waking up and realizing the force that is running us, largely without our knowledge. If you have not yet read his books perhaps you should. ........... ,
This is stuff we can't afford not to know But I digress, this work "The Meaning " a slender volume, is poetic observation of a very conscious life joyously, gratefully lived, which captures the "otherness" beyond the everyday, that place we all have difficulty vacating. If there must be favourites I could choose the laser sharp clarity of "The Alchemy of Attention. " And the gratitude and grace in "I Am One of the. Free. " It's hard.to stop there, so, one more "The End of .Desire" leaves the reader with a warning, stop chasing "stuff" before its too late
The afterword is clever and educational for those of us who don't read much poetry , the author is right, spiritual poetry , that long tradition, does validate and encourage our often obscured spiritual selves. Thiis is good bedside table, late night soul- food. Highly recommended- even for non believers Barbara Passlow
on 6 August 2012
Steve Taylor is an accomplished and gifted writer and poet. His new book 'The Meaning' exhibits great skill in expressing his undoubted understanding of profound spiritual experience, in a delightful contemporary poetic form. His well metred free verse strikes home, because it drives straight to the point of what is the essential aim of being human - the direct experience of awakening from the sleep or dream of life. In addition to the collection of excellent poems there are two very worthwhile essays on the place of Spiritual Poetry and its Experience. Alan Jacobs Poet Writer Author, President Ramana Maharshi Foundation UK.
on 5 June 2014
This is an excellent short collection of poems of spiritual experience and insight, a much needed exposition of how experience of the 'inner' is, and of what these experiences mean to the author. It is probably better in this, in expressing the inexpressible and in showing what it means, than as lyrical poetry in itself, but it is extremely useful in what it is good at. There is also a short afterword about the value of poetry in expressing spiritual experience, with wise words on major figures such as Walt Whitman and D. H. Lawrence.