Jon Sweeney is an independent scholar, critic and writer. He served as an editor at Jewish Lights and Ave Maria Press. He lives in Vermont. Mark Burrows is a poet, translator and professor of religion and literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Cortland Review, Southern Quarterly and other periodicals.
Each poem is short, spare, distilled. And each one is footnoted, so
the reader might begin in enchantment, then trace the poetry to its
source. A sure-footed path toward mastering one of the great
masters of the last millennia. - Chicago Tribune-- "Reviews"
I think Mark Burrows and Jon Sweeney achieve something quite rare and wonderful here. They make Eckhart clear, concise, and very compelling! --Richard Rohr, OFM, bestselling author of Falling Upward, Breathing Under Water, and many other books-- "Reviews"
If for many of us a dose of Meister Eckhart is like a morning pot of coffee, this concentrated and poetic reduction is like a book full of double espresso shots -- each is about as much as you can take in and metabolize in a day. --Brother Paul Quenon, Abbey of Gethsemani, author of Unquiet Vigil-- "Reviews"
In reading Meister Eckhart's Little Book of the Heart, it again came to mind why I am so drawn to the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, and Kabir. There is revelation in this book by Burrows and Sweeney. I sincerely feel it will help one look deeper into the eyes of the Christ and know more of God's knowledge and love. --Daniel Ladinsky, international bestselling author of I Heard God Laughing, A Year with Hafiz, Love Poems from God, and other books of poetry-- "Reviews"
In the ecstatic spirit of Rumi and Hafiz, Meister Eckhart's words dance and invite the reader into an intimate encounter with the divine. Reading these poems sets the heart ablaze and the spirit soaring. -Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, author of The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom-- "Reviews"