"Water Ground Stone evokes the many
faces of Japan. And the essential aspects of the ground on which a Japanese
poet, a Japanese artist, standsthe physical and psychic ground from
which the art flowers.
Thomas and Karen set out to illuminate the Japanese experience, not to
reduce it. They evoke it clearly as they experience it . . . not being
Japanese, not pretending to be Japanese, not pretending to be pure prism,
being simply others who walk the same path as the Japanese creator, but
coming the other way. They are persons from outside whose presence effects,
of course, what happens; whose minds are full of screens and mirrors,
yet are, along with their hearts, open enough to see and respect what
is there, what goes on, with no compulsion to explain away its 'strangeness'.
It is a book of clear seeing, graceful speech".
even the lichen lies so deep
in the pores of the water ground stone
we touch it less than the wind