Africa, Buddha: Haibun of Matthew Caretti
This first collection of Matthew Caretti’s haibun places him among the leading practitioners in English of this ancient form . . .
Who hasn’t thought about finding a retreat from this world of busyness to a life of service and meditation? Matthew Caretti takes us on his personal journey into human service at African orphanage schools while carrying little more than his Buddhist practice and haibun diary. Each piece is a glimpse of the journey, the collection as a whole compelling and spirit-touching.
I Take the Threatening Stick . . . from the fist of the teacher. Ask the child to hold onto each end. Grip between her tiny hands and lift her up. Past my chest and neck. By the time her eyes reach mine tears have dried. A frown become a smile. Then higher. Over my head. All squeals and laughter. The others, too. Queuing up for the next take-off. learning how to hold a pencil blossom moon
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2022