From Kirkus Reviews
A debut volume that centers on a mystical-sexual experience the author had during her first attempt at meditation. While she includes other subjectsgreat women in mysticism and the mystical experiences of other poetsher poems are of interest mainly for their dogged insistence on recasting this moment of kundalini ecstasy. Despite her protest that she has ``nothing to go on,'' Walters's poetry is in the unrhymed, short-line American style of Mary Barnard's translations of Sappho or Denise Levertov's essays on mind and responsibility. There is a difference, though: where Barnard assumes a forced economy of expression and Levertov insists on the low yield of her high ground, Walters gambles on interior fireworks. ``First it was a fire / shaken out of nowhere, / sheets of bluewhite, flashing / across expansions of light years'' she writes in ``The Creation.'' In ``The Woman Who Loved the God,'' it's also in terms of light: ``it swept through / their body's arc / like a wave of violet light / seeking a center.'' Fortunately, Walters declines to evangelize, preferring occasionally to offer directions like ``turn gently, and follow your breath / to the center of your being'' (``A Thousand Ways''). As a poet, Walters offers more of a charge than, say, Coleman Barks's versions of Rumi, although she does not approach the emphatic and receding paradoxes of Stephen Mitchell's Rilke. And to speak of the finest mystical poets in Englishi.e., Blake, Smart, or Anne Porterin connection with Walters would be a mistake. Still, there is a sure paraphrase of Blake in ``He Sees,'' a meditation on God's relation to the beautiful: ``We each must ask, / like Blake, / who loosed that beast / which stalks the savannah's green / and fastens his burning gaze / on the gazelle's expectant throat.'' A belated, elated debut. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
"Dorothy Walters' poems are incandescent sparks struck from a soul placed between the hammer and anvil of life . . . We should treasure such poets; today they are rare." -- Anne Baring, coauthor, The Myth of the Goddess; The Mystic Vision; and The Divine Feminine
"These exquisitely crafted poems will fill readers with joy." -- Tracy Cochran, coauthor, Transformations: Awakening to the Sacred in Ourselves and contributing editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
"This work could only come from a soul that has tasted the marrow of God and now wants to help others do the same." -- Daniel Ladinsky, author/translator, The Gift: Poems by Hafiz
"What Dorothy has accomplished in this subtle and ravishing masterpiece is something that many modern poets have been struggling for but without success-a book of poems that work both as a canny literary artifact and mystical utterance and inspiration." -- Andrew Harvey, from the Introduction
Dorothy Walter's 'concert of words' tilt our minds toward the great spirit - spirit of dance, spirit of song, and spirit of wild devotion. -- Don Campbell, founder of the Institute for Music, Health and Education, author of The Mozart Effect
Dorothy Walters poems are incandescent sparks struck from a soul placed between the hammer and anvil of life . . .We should treasure such poets; today they are rare. -- Anne Baring, co-author The Myth of the Goddess; The Mystic Vision; and The Divine Feminine.
Dorothy Walters writes poetry that speaks to us from the heart to the heart, gently touching our deepest spiritual stirrings. Her poems are both intensely personal and universal, illuminating our powerful human yearning for oneness, for caring connection with one another and the greater reality we call the divine. -- Riane Eisler, author The Chalice and the Blade, Sacred Pleasure, and Tomorrow's Children.
Savor these poems...No matter what your spiritual persuasion, Marrow of Flame will soften your heart... -- Spirituality and Health magazine, March 24, 2000
These exquisitely crafted poems will fill readers with joy . . . -- Tracy Cochran, co-author, Transformations: Awakening to the Sacred in Ourselves, and contributing editor to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.
What Dorothy has accomplished in this subtle and ravishing masterpiece is something that many modern poets have been struggling for but without success, a book of poems that work both as a canny literary artifact and mystical utterance and inspiration. -- Andrew Harvey, best selling spiritual author