"These poems break open the heart, so we can weep in compassion for all our lives. Fred Marchant teaches and awakens the soul. The reader will finish Full Moon Boat an enlightened being."—Maxine Hong Kingston
Full Moon Boat
In 1970, during the war in Viet Nam, Marchant became one of the first Marine officers ever to be honorably discharged as a conscientious objector. In these poems, Marchant explores the concept of violence: What are its origins and consequences? What actions of the heart and mind resist it? Marchant takes us on a voyage from childhood to adult trauma, and eventually to a peace arrived at by unflinching meditation. A hard-won peace, it is our undiscovered country.