The poems of Fire’s Goal reflect a year of journeys to sacred river sources in India. Laurie Patton’s poems were written after a decade of writing and reading in interpretation of India’s most sacred Sanskrit compositions: The Vedas. Beautifully illustrated by Lika Tov’s enchanting depictions of the rituals of Hindu life, Fire’s Goal is about the consuming fire of longing, in God’s presence and in God’s absence. It is a kind of early twenty-first century bhakti, or devotional voice, in which the fire of longing consumes the one who longs in ways that are both specific to the contemporary devotee and also accessible to the non-Hindu reader.
“Luminous and moving, steeped in Hindu tradition, Laurie Patton’s poems are an unusual fusion of ancient Indian wisdom and a modern American sensibility.”
~ Shashi Tharoor, author of The Great Indian Novel and Of India: From Midnight to the Millennium
“The poems of Fire’s Goal are small portals into a realm of devotion. The chosen symbols of Hindu devotion bring us close to home. Laurie Patton’s poems work with a clarity and a directness of address, illuminating our daily life, laying bare the exactitude of desire.”
~ Meena Alexander, author of River and Bridge, The Shock of Arrival, and Illiterate Heart