I have been corresponding with Steve for several years. I even started aRobert Lax website
because of him. I was so excited reading his Lax book that I went to the
island of Patmos and had my picture made in front of the Arion
Steve began by reading Robert Lax's poem PSALM. In case you don't know
Robert Lax was Thomas Merton's best friend. They met at Columbia
University in the 1930s. Lax was also a mentor for Jack Kerouac. Lax was
an editor for The New Yorker and later a circus performer, a jugler and
clown, for many years. His most famous poem was Circus of the Sun.
Steve shared some of Lax's words to him. "Put yourself in a place where
grace can flow. Go with the flow. Let go. Relax. Trust in the
Lax learned to "live in the present moment at all times." Included in
the lecture were slides of Patmos. Pictures of Saint John of the
Theologian monastery, the Arion Cafe, images of Lax with his cats, and
many sea side pictures.
The highlight of the lecture was Lax reading his own poetry. Steve had
recorded some of his poems them set them to pictures of the island he.
I am always amazed at the throughness of the scholars at these events.
Studious, insightful, serious, with a through knowlege of the lecture
being given. GREAT LECTURE. Buy the book !!