In the autumn of 1963, Merton drafted notes toward the essay on his art that is published in Lipsey’s book, “Angelic Mistakes – the Art of Thomas Merton”. The following notes are drawn from that essay:
These are contracts with movement, with life, in which no one can be bound except to what was and is now definitive.
Not a question of conjunction of idea and execution.
Inventions yes: but also collaborations with solitude.
Summonses, calls to experiment, trials, gifts, fortunate events.
Neither rustic nor urbane, Eastern nor Western, perhaps can be called expressions of Zen Catholicism.
Rearrangement of forms leads to change of perception: registering certain signs – in order to become aware of certain new possibilities and consonances. Not without
But in what terms! Fidelity to Zen-like experience of wholeness.
Lipsey’s comments on this drawing: