He is an artist, a Zen.

—Thich Nhat Hanh

Silence, Joy

Poetry by Thomas Merton

Poet, monk, mystic, and social critic, Thomas Merton is a unique—and uniquely beloved—figure of the twentieth century, and Silence, Joy brings together his best-loved poems and prose. Drawn from classics like New Seeds of Contemplation and The Way of Chuang Tzu as well as less famous books, the writings in Silence, Joy offer the reader deep, calming stillness, flights of ecstatic praise, steadying words of wisdom, and openhearted laughter. Manna for Merton lovers and a warm embrace for novices, this slim collection is a delightful gift.

Edited by Chris Wait

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Thomas Merton

20th Century Theological Poet

He is an artist, a Zen.

—Thich Nhat Hanh

Merton possessed an extraordinary ability to connect with deep, universal places inside of people.

—Sue Monk Kidd

Thomas Merton really is someone we can look up to. I always consider myself as one of his Buddhist brothers.

—The Dalai Lama

Thomas Merton remains a source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people — he opened new horizons for souls and for the Church.

—Pope Francis