What we call 'I' is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale," observes Suzuki in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Each piece in Hourglass describes how it feels to become that swinging door -- or to wrestle with thoughts that would jam it. The poet engages in a long, entertaining and unwinnable battle with his own mind. As his understanding grows, consciousness becomes at once commonplace and full of wonder.
"This is an exceptional work. Masterful weaver Clive Matson threads words -- here in both verse and paragraph -- with great care. Read them out loud -- especially the marvelous running and flying poems -- allow them to lift you into the open. This new work reveals why Maston is such a wonderful teacher of creative writing to his many students." -- Dr Shepherd Bliss, Professor of Psychology, J.F.K.U.