Forbidden Mystery

In poet Diane Frank’s first novel, a monk and a geisha explore the limits of the precepts.

Diane Frank

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Each time my friend from the Buddhist temple visits me, I offer him a painting and a poem. I have them waiting on my silk pillow. I have been painting a series of onions in different shades of wash and light. I peel them layer by layer, and paint the skins as they curl around geraniums. I know this is unusual, but I have to paint what is inside me. My poems are images of whatever I dreamed last night.

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