The gleaming clouds by Murray Alfredson

Valerie Penny's Book Reviews

Murray Alfredson is an Australian writer and poet who lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula by Gulf St Vincent in South Australia. He is a former librarian, lecturer in librarianship and Buddhist Associate in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at Flinders University. He has previously published essays on Buddhist meditation and on inter-faith relations in Theravada, The middle way, In the round, and Eremos.  He has also published poetry translations and essays on poetics.  Last year he published his second poetry collection: The gleaming clouds.

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In this collection, Murray Alfredson displays many moods, many styles of writing and covers many themes. He glories in and laments the ephemeral as the only lasting quality. This view also harmonises with his Buddhist outlook on life.

I was excited and amazed by the wide variety of styles of poetry: each at a thought provoking level.  The anthology displays a sound knowledge and understanding of the important ideologies and…

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