A Golden Lotus –– Nick Stringer

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A Golden Lotus is a collection of surrealist poetry that explores the blurred boundaries between humans and nature, people and cultures, individualism and collectivism. The author embarks on a journey from Muriwai to the Southern Alps, then India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, before completing the journey at Pirirakatahi glacier. Writing poetry along the way, and combining these with 35mm film photographs, the perspective of the narrator becomes filled with mythology, diverse cultures, experiences of death and holy life, as the journey becomes less about a person, and more about the power an environment can have on a person: Bodhgaya, the Himalayas, Ganges river, tropical Thailand or the oceans and peaks of Aotearoa. Relax, enjoy and drift into surreal realms where ideas dissolve into the earth they’re from.