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A Private Mythology - Poems

May Sarton

Publisher: Open Road Media

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Stunning reflections chronicling a journey both spiritual and physical by May Sarton, one of America’s most beloved poetsIn celebration of her fiftieth birthday, May Sarton embarked on a pilgrimage around the world. Traveling through Japan, India, and Greece, she captured her spiritual discoveries in this vivid collection of poetry. Arresting images and meditations on the differences between East and West are rendered with the exceptional clarity of an accomplished artist.Winner of the Emily Clark Balch Prize.

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