These poems seek to evoke the often subtle yet ultimately profound shifts in awareness which occur when we calm somewhat our habitual anxieties
and cravings – with guidance in this case from the teachings of Gautama Buddha – and the mind’s observation is steadied. And they reflect on
both the personal and societal implications which attend such changes.
Comments on Michael Heald’s other books:
Body-flame: ‘…in these days of look-alike poetry from so many younger poets, a ‘new’ poet’s…collection which has a singular,
individual feeling for the world comes as a jolt.’
– Martin Harrison, ABR, June 1999
Focusing Saturn: ‘Heald has written his way into the front rank of contemporary poets with consistent integrity and intelligence.’
– Judges’ Comments, Queensland Premier’s Prize, Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection, 2005
The Moving World: ‘This is a remarkable and original book… a daring and triumphant project…’
– Robert Gray, foreword to The Moving World
Vipassana is a world beyond language and expression, ineffable. Yet for those who have been there, these stealthy, patient poems, at once hugely ambitious and admirably modest, will remind them of their journey…’
– Booker Prize shortlisted author Tim Parks, cover note for The Moving World
Notes and Acknowledgments here.