With Flowers of Jade
A Special Limited Edition Supporting Music & Art Education in Cambodia and Laos
"With Flowers of Jade" is a collection of poems and images from Eric's trip to Cambodia in June of 2016. This is a limited hardcover, coffee-table quality edition and each copy will be numbered and signed by the author.
$25 from each book sold will be donated to two non-profit organizations in Cambodia and Laos that support music and art education: MES Siem Reap and MES Laos
Hardbound. 8"x 8"
$30.00 (Includes shipping)
Dream in a Language
Night Market, Siem Reap
Captured (The Moment)
The Silence Descends
In This Time
On Phnom Kulen
Sunrise on Pre Rup
Written by the Rain
Well of Shadows
The Music a Serpent
Moments of Pure Awe
The Old Ways
Bound for the Empty Jungle
To really appreciate Eric Walter’s "With Flowers of Jade", it is helpful to know some things about him. He was trained in the theater at Reed College. There he immersed himself in the modern masters: Beckett, Brecht, Genet and others. From this training you notice two great strengths in his poetry: concision and dramatic effect. David Bromberg has said of Bob Dylan that he really knows how to get a song across. Walter knows how to get a poem across as a dramatic statement. He is a performer. He is a musician as well as a poet. He often memorizes his poems. Thus, he knows how language works in the body and how to use his body to get his poems across. This generates intense precision; no words in his poems are wasted or extraneous. In this handsome book—a work of art itself in its design and visual images—Walter brings his immersion in the culture of Cambodia. You get more than travelogue. You get hands and hearts across the ocean in deep, mutual exchange.
In the rainy season these stone stories
Will vanish in murky torrents
But for now I can more than glimpse
The old deities in the noonday sun
In the sweltering jungle mist.
(from KBAL SPEAN)
There was a cave for the men, a cave for the women.
There was a cave for the innocent children who
Saw their parents murdered before
They themselves were killed
Or who were slaughtered first
As their parents watched in horror.
The Khmer Rouge had a grim saying:
"To keep you is no gain, to kill you is no loss.”
(from THE SILENCE DESCENDS)
With our nation's history of Henry Kissinger-initiated war crimes against the people of Cambodia, Americans have accrued a very large karmic debt. Walter understands this. His small, precious gift is a step in repayment. If you like to expand your sense of the scope of what poetry can do, don’t miss "With Flowers of Jade." Truly, it is a work of art.
--Philip Woods (Poet, teacher, historian) - Lakewood, Colorado - January 2018