What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are unable to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important voyage of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.
— Thomas Merton
 

From Surface (No. 14) by Third Eye Broadcast

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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* 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."