Photo by Dobree Adams
Collecting Greene's poetry written between Fault Lines and Distillations &
, this verse indeed surveys the matters closest to his heart, including both
the personal and, increasingly, the social and political.  In language spare but never
sparse, he opens our hearts
along with his own.

"Greene's poems are flawless."  
  Ron Silliman

"There is a lyric delight in the world that informs all of Greene's poetry, from man's
pratfalls to the occasions of moment. There is a human face staring at us from
pages - yours, mine - one that has Greene chuckling or rapt, our heads nodding
alongside or shaking with the sweet peccadilloes our nature permits"  

J. W. Bonner
This is a book that might well begin, "Once upon a time...and a place." The time,
1967 and 1968, a period of that cultural upheaval. Yet it was then and there that
Jonathan Greene, a young poet and fledgling publisher from New York City by way
of California, met Thomas Merton. The result was the tragically brief friendship and
literary collaboration that is celebrated in this volume.

Greene's introductory memoir sets the scene, describing the unexpectedly rich
intellectual and artistic milieu out in the
"hinterland" of Kentucky where he was
introduced to Merton through mutual friends. Two brief essays on Merton provide
further context for the letters that follow, and demonstrate both the breadth of
Merton's literary interests and the depth of Greene's knowledge of his friend's
writings. Their letters, all too few, coincided with the limited run of Merton's literary
Monks Pond, and his exchange with Greene reveals two deeply erudite and
abundantly witty minds at work with the earnest joy of language. The longing of the
reader that this collaboration might have lasted many more years is underscored by
the poignancy of Greene's elegiac poem that closes the volume.

Praise for On The Banks of Monks Pond

"A wonderful gift."
                                       - Brother Patrick Hart, General Editor,
The Journals of Thomas Merton

"...a delightful, beautifully produced little volume detailing the involvement of the
poet and publisher Jonathan Greene with Thomas Merton and his participation with
the publication of Monks Pond. It is a book of interest to Merton aficionados, to
followers of new movements and trends in poetry, creative writing, and printing, and
to many others."
                                       - Paul M. Pearson, Merton Center, Bellarmine University
Jonathan Greene once more displays that lapidary grace that readers have admired
and critics praised repeatedly over the past five decades. The title invokes those flaws
concealed within the solidity of everyday objects, waiting patient years to shatter at

an unsuspecting touch, former use abandoned to the fragmentary evidence of how
they were made and how they ended. Just so the poems here offer unexpected

insights into the various shards of life that engage Greene’s notice:  a friend’s father’s
shirt, his parent’s bed as a child, walking sticks, his woodstove, the heartbeat of a
phonograph needle, a cricket who one-ups him in story
-telling. These are poems
infused with poignancy and loss, guilt and anguish, irony and the occasional caustic
commentary, but also love and delight in life, and always great good wit and deep

Praise for Fault Lines

"The most important poems any of us ever encounter are those that show fresh ways
of looking at the world.  This book is rich with poems like that."

- Ted Kooser, former United States Poet Laureate

"Jonathan Greene's poems find the hidden seams and fractures in our experience,
our memory.  With exact words and precise cadence he not only locates fault lines
that separate, but the bonds that bring us together.
Fault Lines shows both the scale
and range of Greene's achievements."
                                                                       - Robert Morgan
Jonathan Greene is the author of 30 books and
more than 250 poems that
have appeared in over 80
magazines and anthologies in a career spanning six
decades. He was born in New York City in 1943,
and lived in San Francisco twice in the 1960s.  He
graduated from Bard College in 1965, where he
studied American Literature with Ralph Ellison.  He
has also studied poetry with Robert Lowell and
folklore with Alan Dundes.

For many years beginning in 1965, Greene edited
and published
more than 50 books under the
Gnomon Press imprint, including works by Robert
Duncan, Wendell Berry, Jonathan Williams, James
Still, and others.  He now does free-lance book
design and has won a number of awards in the field.

Greene moved to Kentucky in 1966, where he lives
on a farm outside of Frankfort with his wife, Dobree
Adams, a noted weaver and photographer.   
"Greene's book is testimony to a mind ripened by a lifetime of reading - but it's also a
fascinating (and sometimes startling) symposium open to all."

- Robert West

The first volume of Greene's commonplace book series offers a distillation of great
passages, both profound and amusing, drawn from authors around the world and
across the centuries. It's like having an entire library in your
This collection of Greene's poetry was his 30th title in a writing career spanning five

Includes the poems "At the Mall," "City Scene in Snow"
and "Summer Trips"
featured on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

"Jonathan is at the peak of his art in
Distillations and Siphonings.  His poems have
never been more alert, more spare, more startling in unexpected connections and
observations.  In many poems he is witness to the infinitesimal, the most
fleeting event or thought.  Often poems turn on subtle or sly wit.  While we can read
them separately as epigrams, they accumulate like carefully wrought marginalia on

the book of life, troubled by the woes and cruelties of our time, warmed by affection
and cherished friendships.  The poems delight us as the meditations of an examined
life, patient, wise, gifted,
—Robert Morgan (from the Foreword)
As Robert Richardson Jr. said of Thoreau, quoting what Augustine is reported to have
remarked of Varro (one
of the many delightful discoveries awaiting in this volume),
we can truly say of Jonathan Greene “that he read so much that it was a marvel he
ever had time to write anything, and wrote so much that it was difficult
to see how he
found time to read” – except with Greene we must add his prolific output as a
designer and publisher of books as well!  We can all be grateful once more for

Greene’s broad and perceptive reading, for this companion volume to his Gists, Orts,
Shards: A Commonplace Book
offers another installment of essential thought and
marvelous wit distilled from the world’s literature, joined here with excepts from
Greene’s own literary notebooks. Readers of the
original volume know the treat they
have in store, while those discovering Greene’s gift for “reading with a pen” for the
first time are apt to find that they see literature, and life, in a new way after this
Lustre of the Everyday
Common Epiphanies

Cover Photography by Dobree Adams

       All at Once

       Sun eats away
       mist from the river --
       the trees march forward.

Full of wise and wonderful observations,
this limited edition, hand-sewn chapbook is
printed by the author and artist
and signed
by both.

Publication Date:  June, 2012
ISBN:  978-1-937968-01-4
Limited Edition Chapbook, 32 pages
Edition of 65

In celebration of the poet turning 70, this volume gathers verse from the preceding
ten years of his writing and includes poems never before published or previously
appearing only in very limited editions.

What only the best art can give us, our very existence altered, enriched."   Ron Rash

"Jonathan Greene is the real thing."  
   Julia Alvarez

"These finely distilled poems show us the way without getting in the way - worth
holding on to for a
long, long, time."
John Brandi
A poem from Seeking Light was featured in emeritus US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's
syndicated feature "American Life in Poetry."  
Click here  to read Column 489 with Greene's
poem "One Light
to Another."
At one point in Anecdotage author Jonathan Greene confesses “I am always attracted
to reading about the
lives of eccentrics and interesting characters.” That is a perfect
enticement to the charm of reading this book, in which Greene himself is the most
interesting among the host of characters who appear in the “memories and
stories of
a lifetime” he has assembled here. The epiphanies in the subtitle refer to the curious
coincidences – one might say synchronicities – that form the often unexpected
connective tissue in our relationships, the not-so-many “degrees of separation” that
weave us into communities, visible and invisible.  Readers who know Greene as a
poet will delight in learning about his background and education (formal and other
wise), along with accounts from his wide acquaintance with other authors and artists;
while those who have enjoyed his commonplace books will recognize his eye for the
wry or obscure exquisite detail applied here to life rather than literature.

Praise for Anecdotage

"In this utterly unique and charming memoir...the hidden corners of life are revealed
in brief stories, glimpses and recollections written in seemingly casual prose. But

don’t confuse accessibility for a dearth of art. There is deep kindness and much
wisdom in these tales rife with
uncanny coincidences and connections, as if we are
all a part of Jonathan’s world, and he is a part of ours."
                                                                                                 Fred Waitzkin
The Broadstone Anthology
of Short Poems

Edited by
Jonathan Greene
& Robert West

Publication Date:  October 22, 2013
Paperback,  192 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-08-3

Click on the image of the book cover for
more information about this title.
Jonathan Greene is the author or editor of the
many books featured on this page
.  He is also an
award-winning book designer who has designed
many Broadstone Books titles over the years,
and as a publisher himself for over 40 years he
has been an invaluable mentor to us and a
major creative contributor to all that we do.  

We are proud to present his works here.
Broadstone Books congratulates Jonathan Greene on the release of composer Paul
Lansky's new album
Contemplating Weather, the title piece of which uses several of
Jonathan's poems as the text for this contemporary chorale work.
Click here to visit
Bridge Records to learn more about or to purchase the album.
          . . . no one questions
      how a ladder can
      rest against a cloud

There are moments when the poetry of Jonathan Greene can seem as airy and
insubstantial as
the cover of his latest collection. Though each exquisitely well-chosen
word bears the full weight of human experience, his touch is so light and sure
that his
poems float on the page, and in our minds upon reading them. This seeming simplicity
betrays a mastery of poetic
craft by an author who has been at this for six decades
now. And if his verses more often touch on mortality and loss, his humor is intact, as
in this characteristically short scene “In
the Pumpkin Patch”:

       The toddler used to
       getting his way, picks out
       a pumpkin he can't lift.

Fortunately Greene is back to lend a hand, with poetry to make life no less serious, but
a bit easier to bear.
For 500 years teachers and scholars have commended the practice of recording
“commonplaces” – that is, striking and noteworthy phrases encountered while reading
– for later reference. Few in recent times have taken this advice with such good effect
as Jonathan Greene. A poet, publisher, book designer, and translator, Greene is
foremost a reader of vast range and expansive curiosity, and the fruits of over fifty
years of reading with pen in hand are collected here for the delight and enlightenment
of his fellow readers. Ancient Chinese sages mingle with modern jazz masters, Yogi
Berra meets Einstein, and the wisdom (and wit) of great minds known and unknown

is on parade.  In the end, this collection of such seemingly disparate thinkers and
themes coalesces into an original work in its own right, an intellectual
and artistic
portrait of Greene himself, offering new and deeper insights into the mind and heart
behind his many volumes of poetry. This enlarged and revised edition collects his
previous two volumes in this series (available below), with much new material.
Full Circle

Dobree Adams &
Jonathan Greene

ISBN 978-0-9802117-4-0
Paperback, 40 Pages
$34.95 retail pric

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cover for more information
about this title.
Poetry 2014-2017
Publication Date:  March 1, 2018
88 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-
Booksellers:  Available from
Small Press Distribution
Cover photograph by Melissa T. Hall,
used by permission.
Gists, Orts, Shards
A Commonplace Book
Enlarged & Revised
Publication Date:  March 1, 2018
176 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-4
Booksellers:  Available from
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Everyday Epiphanies
Memories & Stories of a Lifetime
Publication Date:  September 15, 2015
Paperback,  216 pages
ISBN 978-1-937968-19-9

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Fault Lines
Published 2004
ISBN 0-9721144-1-6
Paperback, 58 pages
Distillations & Siphonings
With a Foreword by
Robert Morgan
Published 2010
ISBN 978-0-9802117-3-3
Paperback, 128 pages
Gists, Orts, Shards
A Commonplace Book
Published 2006
ISBN 0-9721144-5-9
Paperback, 96 pages
Gists, Orts, Shards II
Addendum & Postlude for
A Commonplace Book
Published 2011
ISBN 978-0-9802117-7-1
Paperback, 64 Pages
Heart Matters
Published 2008
ISBN 978-0-9802117-0-2
Paperback, 144 pages
On the Banks of
Monks Pond
The Thomas Merton/
Jonathan Greene
Published 2004
ISBN 0-9721144-2-4
Clothbound, 64 pages
Seeking Light
New & Selected
Later Poems
Publication Date:  August 16, 2013
ISBN:  978-1-937968-09-0
Paperback, 208 pages
Photo by Dobree Adams