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Views from Along the Middle Way

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In Thomas Centolella's newest book, he asserts the need "to make peace / with the indeterminate"—a journey that leads him from the tenuous nature of human intimacy into philosophical considerations from the East and the West. The "Middle Way" of the title derives from both Buddha and Dante: on one hand it's the middle ground between the extremes of asceticism and ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Copper Canyon Press
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Dec 28, 2008 Karima rated it it was amazing
Absolutely breathtaking!
Here's an excerpt of one of his poems titled
"Some Little Happiness"

Some little happiness lives
in our eyes, in our skin,
leaves a trace in the lines
around our tired mouths.

Some little happiness.

We don't have to deserve it,
we don't have to expect it,
we don't even have to admit
how much we need it.

and some little happiness
will rest its hands,
will tell us, Take me,
I won't be here that long,
and neither will you.

My suggestion:
Take this book,a dear friend and a bottle of good wi
Sep 21, 2009 Allyson rated it liked it
The book gets better in the second half. Favorite poems: "The Blue Flame," "Nail," and "Solar."
Sep 30, 2009 unnarrator rated it it was ok
"Solar" was okies, as Ms. Allyson already said. Centered ugly here, but you get the idea.
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Thomas Centolella is the author of several books of poetry including Terra Firma, selected by Denise Levertov for the 1990 National Poetry Series, and Lights & Mysteries, which received the 1996 Poetry Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. In 1992 he was a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry.

Mr. Centolella was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and has taught at the
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