On the Banks of Monks Pond

This is a book that might well begin, "Once upon a time… and a place." The time, 1967 and 1968, a period of now mythic cultural significance; the place, central Kentucky, from all appearances far from the epicenters of that cultural upheaval. Yet it was then and there in that other, less centralized community, that Jonathan Greene, a young poet and fledgling publisher from New York City by way of California, met one of the world’s most famous and public hermits, Thomas Merton. The result was the tragically brief friendship and literary collaboration that is celebrated in this volume.