Labyrinth - a new collection of poems - by Diana Durham
Three years ago I moved back to England (to Trowbridge, Wiltshire) after 24 years of living on the east coast of America. And I am very happy to announce that a new collection of my poems, Labyrinth from Amethyst Press, is out on Kindle and in print.
The labyrinth is my psychic journey out of England and into New England, which forced me to expand my understanding of myself, and of the shadow and the gifts of both cultures.
The book includes an introductory essay in which I explore consciousness and the creative process.
Labyrinth is my fourth collection of poems. Other books include: The Return of King Arthur: Completing the Quest for Wholeness and Coherent Self, Coherent World: A New Synthesis of Myth, Metaphysics & Bohm’s Implicate Order.
Here is the blurb on the back cover of Labyrinth:
Through America’s uncertainty and the New England winter, Labyrinth takes the path inwards. The question carried through landscapes urban and natural is painful to formulate: are we lost, or can we find the way to new meaning? Spring and warmth bring sweetness, comfort but absolution does not birth in the psyche until the heat of late summer gives way to autumn. At the curve of the hill the view opens up: beauty and expansion are reaffirmed. Like the shaman, we return to the same place, bringing the renewal of compassionate vision.
Here are some nice things people have said:
‘Diana writes with a particular crystalline clarity suffusing both her poetry and prose: it is her essential expression. At the same time, her philosophical cast of mind reaches the highest level as a result of her many years of training and inner work. She is truly in touch with Sophia: and at a time when the Feminine has never been more important in its embodiment on the planet, we would do well to hear what she has to say.’
Jay Ramsay, described by Caduceus magazine as ‘England’s foremost transformation poet’
‘I loved the light in this one! And that slow large wave that moves through much of your poetry … where I end up existing in something huge, like a massive sense of space.’
Jude Repar, attunement practitioner and healer.
‘Beautiful—your work speaks to me.’
Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master & His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
And here’s one of the poems from Labyrinth:
Kingdom of the Infinite
look anywhere: at a leaf, a small, inconsequential
pebble on a beach, an unguarded human face
what is seen, if you can see it, is beauty
which you might find first as pattern, shape
for its nature is of things related
and an equivalence with another order
of itself and even more poignantly
an exchange between these, like the exchange
between faces that light up, and from there,
suddenly – like the view that takes you breathless
by surprise (rounding the corner of a gradual climb)
the inlet, wooded hills, their further blue – an expansion
of both: the world, real, formed, even this one
part of which you may never walk entirely through,
and a largesse that will never entirely
leave you, the larger possibility
at the brink of which all will always be poised