Waymarks tracks one man through significant encounters with the natural world, around the globe.
An Ethiopian lake, an Australian rainforest, an American desert, an English beach: the stage keeps changing, but the intent stays the same. A poet enters a deep dialogue with birds, animals, people, plants, seas, and all the forces that threaten and churn this mix of life.
James Thornton is a zen priest, and Waymarks sits alongside other classics of metaphysical writing in which poets bare their soul. Teachings from great figures along the way permeate the collection: a West Coast poet, a Japanese Zen Master, a spiritual leader, and the Dalai Lama.
‘Waymarks is a beautiful collection of poems which act as a bridge between human spirit and the spirit of nature. These poems are elegant, simple and profound. When I read these poems I feel uplifted and inspired. They touch my heart and move my spirit. James Thornton is a poet of deep wisdom and love!’—Satish Kumar, Editor Emeritus, Resurgence & Ecologist and Founder of Schumacher College
‘These poems are wonderful! They sing with passion and integrity, and make clear why James Thornton is such a vital ambassador and guardian of the planet’ – Baroness Rosie Boycott