Book review: As Glaciers Move


 

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As Glaciers Move by Joseph Whitson is a lovely book of poetry. Whitson has attempted to outline his whole life with poetry. Various episodes appear including everything from birth to death; first love to a marriage dragging out. It would seem that one is reading Whitson’s most intimate details of his life, but in reality one is reading his emotional responses to the various events. So rather than revealing specifics, he is revealing very intimate feelings. And feelings are after all subjective.

Glaciers, as everyone knows, move so slowly you cannot see the movement to stop and stare at it. Just like life, time passes without our realization. I frequently hear people say, I can’t believe it’s September already. I can’t believe it’s been 50 years since I was in high school. By stopping and observing the moments you can possibly learn and gain more from your life.

Those who know me are astounded to find that I read, liked, and reviewed a book of poetry. I frequently find poetry to be trite, but As Glaciers Move by Joseph Whitson is a vast exception to that rule. I could tell when I read the summary that it was different and worth taking a closer look. Perhaps I move slowly too. I have had many experiences in my life, in my 58 years, and could do with more reflections on those experiences to learn from them. I often keep too busy and do not take much time for reflecting. Maybe poetry allows us to do that. Maybe I should read more poetry. But I believe that anyone who likes introspective poetry will gain a lot from reading this book. It’s certainly changed my perspective.

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Book Review: Reflections of a Sometime Thinker


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Reflections of a Sometime Thinker

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In his middle age, Donald Michael Craig, who had fought in and survived a world war, became aware that his thought process was, in fact, not his own at all. When he would sit and think, he was merely replaying old memories and thought patterns. He was reminding himself of what he “should” do. He came to realize that many of us do not truly think at all. And it was then that he set about retraining his mind. The result was Reflections of a Sometime Thinker.

Beginning with a complex philosophy of numbers, he thought and journaled about its ideas, recording his own conclusions on such weighty matters as the meaning of “1”. He moved on to yoga sutras and became very introspective, seeking knowledge of soul, spirit, and consciousness. Now in his 90s, he has published this book of poems or reflections, Reflections of a Sometime Thinker, on many subjects including taking things for granted, the fourth dimension, human behavior, and even foul language. Craig has developed an opinion on everything, by searching within and meditating on what he really thought of a passage or a concept. This does remind me of a book of yoga teachings, or of Buddhist koans, or even the Biblical book of proverbs. Each reflection provides food for thought, as it gently explores its subject and comes out the other side with something profound, or simple, or true. At the root of all is love, he maintains, reminiscent of the 60s and its culture, which he lived through and which may have prompted his metamorphosis. It’s a very nice accomplishment with which to approach life’s end.