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Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) is arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth century. For more than a quarter century he lived at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery near Bards-town, Kentucky. This issue includes three of his previously unpublished poems.

November 21, 2017

Three poems from our Kentucky Music Issue. 

Until the nameless traveler learns in terror 
His lidless eyes are open targets— 
Where sudden night flings in her quiet spear.