Yarn is about the stories we tell. Collected around three dramatic monologues – The Cattle Farmer’s Tale, The Travellers from Orissa and Aaron’s Brother – Yarn includes an extended sequence of elegies, an account of a Warwickshire childhood and two stories about the Buddha.
Ranging from the Holocaust to ancient India, from Kabir to Cavafy, using free verse, rhyme, prose poem and blank verse, Maitreyabandhu’s new collection is a vivid and at times disturbing account of the world we live in and the history that shapes us.
Maitreyabandhu is a well-known figure in Britain’s Buddhist community. His first book-length collection, The Crumb Road (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was widely praised.
‘The Crumb Road has a rich, melancholy modesty, and to spend time with it enriches our attention’ – Sean O’Brien, Guardian.
‘A fine example of how potent a poetry of quiet expression can be’ – Matthew Jarvis, Poetry Review.
‘This wonderfully alert and attentive collection continually reminds us that the spiritual is not some easy escape’ – Deryn Rees-Jones & John Burnside, Poetry Book Society Bulletin.
‘Maitreyabandhu’s work beautifully, and seriously, contains the possibilities of what other traditions might call insight’ – Fiona Sampson, Poetry Review.
Maitreyabandhu launches Yarn in Manchester
Maitreyabandhu shares some of the poems from his second collection Yarn at Triratna Night at the Manchester Buddhist Centre on 12 October 2015.
Maitreyabandhu launches Yarn at Poetry East
Maitreyabandhu reads from and discusses his second collection Yarn at a special Poetry East event at the London Buddhist Centre.
Maitreyabandhu reads from The Crumb Road
Maitreyabandhu reads from his debut collection The Crumb Road at Sheffield Buddhist Centre.
Maitreyabandhu: Poetry and the Spiritual Life
Maitreyabandhu discusses Poetry and the Spiritual Life with Martin Collins at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Part of the Off the Shelf Festival 2013.