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Valyermo Abbey

In the Beginning was Love

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Robert Lax, (1915-2000), was a poet, hermit, sage, and peacemaker. Thomas Merton said of Lax, He had a natural, instinctive spirituality, an inborn direction to the living God. Jack Kerouac called him a Pilgrim in search of beautiful innocence.
A native of New York, Lax graduated from Columbia University in 1938 with a degree in English Literature. After much wandering, he traveled to Greece where he made Patmos, Isle of the Revelation, his spiritual and creative workshop. There he quietly resided for over three decades, writing the ascetic and experimental verse that would rank him Among America s greatest poets, a true minimalist who can weave awesome poems from remarkably few words (New York Times Book Review).
In the Beginning Was Love is a unique introduction to Lax as contemplative. These spiritual selections, mostly gathered from his poems and journals, portray Lax as a mystic filled with a deep love for both Creator and creation.