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.
“A luminous offering of poetry and prayer; every page is a meditation.”
-- Jonathan Montaldo, editor of The Intimate Merton
“This compact collection radiates transcendent love.”
-- Jane Dillenberger, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, author of The Religious Art of Andy Warhol
“. . . I know of no one more qualified to talk about the spirituality of Lax.”
-- Paul J. Spaeth, Curator of the Lax Archives, St. Bonaventure University
S. T. Georgiou, Ph.D., editor of this volume, is the author of The Way of the Dreamcatcher: Spirit-Lessons with Robert Lax, (Templegate), Mystic Street, and The Isle of Monte Cristo. He teaches religion and spirituality in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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