In The Exquisite Risk of Love, Robert Waldron explores the complicated and often heart-rending chronicle of Thomas Mertons passionate love for a young nurse he met while hospitalised for a spinal ailment.
It provides an extensive, in-depth exploration on Mertons collection of love poetry, Eighteen Poems, and cross-references these with his intimate journals, including Learning to Love and A Midsummer journal to M., the latter especially written for the woman he loved. Such an exhaustive and detailed exegesis of Mertons love poetry has never before been published.
Robert Waldron brings light and understanding to the relationship between Merton and M. - the mysterious woman who opened Mertons heart after his life-long `refusal of women. He invites us to consider how this forbidden relationship made it possible for Merton to attain a spiritual and psychological wholeness he had not known before.
Award-winning writer Robert Waldron is the author of eight books, three on the life and work of Thomas Merton. He lectures on Merton and has written for the Merton Journal, the Merton Seasonal, and the Merton Annual.
Waldron is unique amongst the many who have been influenced by Thomas Merton ... Here is a mature text that would, one imagines, thrill the monk himself, as well as making a thrilling read for those neither enslaved by Merton-mania, nor too hooked up on matters of church authority.
- Professor Richard Whitfield, scientist, educator, human development specialist and poet