The Lune is an independent press animated by the quietude, gravity, and fidelity of its namesake. Our publications explore a wide-range of approaches to literary poiesis, wherein mythos, memory, identity, and dream are fields as real and rich with resources as those we externally mine, amass, alter, and assign.
Thomas Merton's lucid, ominous inquiry* is our maxim and has appeared in every print edition. We believe that poets — who work in the deep space of language — guide the whole of society on this "most important voyage."
Lunar phases are visible according to the changing positions of the Moon and Sun relative to the Earth. Simply witnessing this interaction from where we stand, with what we have, we can divine essential truths about time, space, and our relative position in the cosmos. "The secret of seeing," writes Annie Dillard, "is to sail on solar wind." The crescent moon becomes an emblem of the cosmic grace by which we might, in T. S. Eliot's words, "arrive where we started."
We hope that suddenly with the poet in the landscape of the word, you experience The Lune as a sliver of light hovering in the fathomless distance of the mind.
Thank you for finding us.
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"Making poetry intimate, accessible and very personal" (Denver Post)
"A Conversation with Jack Collom" (OminVerse)
"Leaping Into the Unknown: Robert Bly's Deep Image" (Modern American Poetry)
"Fairbanks Bus" 142 by Dave Korn (ChristopherMcCandless.info)
"Reflecting on Reed Bye's Contemplative Poetics" (Bombay Gin)
"The Rumpus Interview with Maureen Seaton" (The Rumpus)
"The Lune and Robert Kelly" (The Line Break)
"Little Gidding" (1942) by T. S. Eliot (Columbia University)
"Thomas Merton's Dialogue of Contemplative Practice" (University of Hawaii)
Lawrence Durrell, The Art of Fiction No. 23 (1959) (Paris Review)
A Ship's Logue ed. by Poly Wandrr & Pam Beardsley (LuNaMoPoLiS)
"Norman in Egypt" by Harold Bloom (The New York Review of Books)
The White Goddess by Robert Graves (Faber & Faber)
"Statement for a Television Program" by Denise Levertov (New Directions)
* Merton posed the question in his preface to The Wisdom of the Desert (New Directions, 1970). His line of thought leading up to it is, of course, equally significant: "What good will it do us to know merely that such things were once said? The important thing is that they were lived. That they flower from an experience of the deeper levels of life. That they represent a discovery of man, at the term of an inner and spiritual journey that is far more crucial and infinitely more important than any journey to the moon."