Monks Pond, no. 1. Thomas Merton. Spring 1968.
Monks Pond, no. 1. Thomas Merton. Spring 1968.

Monks Pond, no. 1.

Spring 1968. Item #3624

Side-stapled wrappers. Cover photo by Thomas Merton, who also contributes a poem and served as the magazine's editor. A black and white image of an illuminated manuscript is printed on the back cover, alluding to the monastic themes of the editor's life.

This first issue of Merton's little magazine was named after a pond created by a concrete dam in the woods of the monastery where the editor lived, at Gethsemani Monastery in Kentucky. Merton, a Trappist monk and mystic visionary poet, intended to create only four issues total of Monks Pond and then abandon the project.

Contributors to this first issue include Lorine Niedecker, Ad Reinhardt, Keith Wilson, Jonathan Greene, Margaret Randall, Shen Hui, Jonathan Williams, Alfred Star Hamilton, Simon Perchik, Paul C. Metcalf, and John C. H. Wu.

Scarce. Very good with light handling, interior unmarked.

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