The Barren Plain
The Barren Plain
Poetry Exploring the Reality of the Modern Wasteland
by: L.M. Browning
[2010 Little Red Tree Publishing]
Currently Out of Print
About the Book
The Barren Plain: Poetry Exploring the Reality of the Modern Wasteland examines the difficulties of maintaining one’s consciousness, in a world of sedating diversions; of maintaining one’s proper perspective of reality, in a world of widely-accepted illusions; of maintaining one’s original identity, while living within a world of bullying influences and of maintaining one’s idealism, even after disillusionment has occurred. In this final volume of her Contemplative Poetry Series, Browning explores the emptiness inherent to our lives in this Modern Age. Throughout her previous titles in this series Browning has touched on this subject—however in The Barren Plain Browning confronts the issue head-on, culminating to bring about a relevant, blunt and insightful commentary on modern society that is sure to bring a moment of pause to those who read it.
There are two landscapes upon which Browning’s epic metaphor plays out. Firstly, The Wasteland, which represents both the world mankind has erected upon this Earth, as well as the state the Earth has been left in due to detrimental way of life humanity has chosen to set in place. The second landscape being that of the book’s namesake: The Barren Plain, which is the existential reality modern man faces.
Dark, yet ever-asserting an underlining message of perseverance, The Barren Plain is a story of maintaining a belief in betterment—that our future can be better than our present and that change can indeed be brought to this downward-spiraling world by those who have the vision to look beyond the bleakness of mankind’s current situation.
Praise for The Barren Plain
“Beware! These words are not for the faint of heart. The Barren Plain is the poetic equivalent of “taking the red pill,” in which the blissfully ignorant perceptions of the matrix of modernity evaporate before a painfully clear vision of the actual reality of our shared condition. L.M. Browning transcends the mere title of “writer” in this collection and restores to poetry a sense of the oracular; for it is in these pages one simultaneously encounters the pathology of material civilization, its wounds to the psyche of human and planet, yet also a possible path toward an earth-honoring spiritual civilization.”
—Frank L. Owen Jr., creator of Bodhiyatra Poetry
“L.M. Browning’s latest work is a masterpiece of emotion, drawing upon her extraordinary mind and heart to carry us through the book in a manner both honest and gentle. Divided into three chapters, they read more like three epic poems, laying the groundwork for despair, love, desire and happiness, as well as a deep hope for something more to a world which sorely needs it. It is unlikely you shall find another book such as this, for works of this caliber and splendid nature are sadly dying out.”
—Vincent M. Spada, author of One Under the Sun
“The Barren Plain is abundant with insight. Poet L.M. Browning sees what typically eludes the eye, and the mind’s eye. Her personal exploration of the Wasteland is a trek of the external and the internal, the personal and the cultural, the worldly and the Other Worldly. This is a poetic landscape in which, “those who choose to seek actually have a chance of finding; while those who settle have no hope at all.”
—Jamie K. Reaser, author of Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out
“Ms. Browning gives us a glimpse of a soul alone in the wasteland. A soul to which everyone can relate. The Barren Plain is where one faces the deepest fears that populate the landscape of the soul and are mirrored in this physical reality. Through example and metaphor, Browning demonstrates how one’s upbringing architected a personal wasteland for each of us. As a follow journeyer who has traveled this desolate path, she offers short cuts for the reader through a map for living in The Barren Plain as we transit to our dreams. This book can change the way you look at life!”
—Mark Allen Perkins, author of My Journey Back to Oneness