A collection of poetry by Professor John White CBE. This book is a limited edition, one of 250 copies published by Libanus Press.
The poems in this collection are largely in English in the format of 'wakas'. Waka is a type of poetry originating in classical Japanese literature. It follows a specific syllabic structure, much like a haiku. The poems are influenced by White's philosophies and thoughts relating to Shin Buddhism, hence the format, but their subjects are still diverse, concerning nature, love, travel (e.g. Japan, Australia, New Zealand) and more.
The final 30 pages are also in waka format, but are in French, and are more autobiographical.
Excellent condition hardback, like new: no external wear (the boards are a matt, black card, some patterns on the surface seem like scratches but are part of the material); tight, crisp binding; internally pristine and bright. The spine is bound in a cloth material and the title and author are printed in gold.
About the author:
Professor John Edward Clement Twarowski White, CBE, MA, PhD is a former art historian and, considerably prior, Spitfire flying instructor. He has held positions in universities across the world, including Vice-Provost at University College London and Pilkington Professor of history of art at the University of Manchester. He has also been the director of Whitworth Art Gallery 1959-66. He has published some seminal works on medieval and Renaissance art, was one of the key instigators in the founding of the Association of Art Historians and was Chair of the Association from 1976 to 1980.
White is also a poet; his published work includes a book of poems translated into Japanese called 'The Breath in the Flute,' some of which feature in this book in the original English. He has had a long association with Shogyoji, a Shin Buddhist Temple in southern Japan; this collection contains several poems concerning the temple, as well as a poem dedicated to a respected temple follower upon his death. His encounters with Shogyoji were instrumental in the establishment of a London branch of the temple, Three Wheels. He is currently Trustee and Honorary Secretary of the London Shogyoji Trust, and is a respected and admired guest speaker at the temple's meetings. His letters and thoughts concerning their philosophies, and thoughts on the wider world, are featured on the temple's website.