Now Is the Hour of Her Return: Poems in Praise of the Divine Mother Kali

Clark Strand (Author) Will Lytle (Illustrator)


"A treasure of mystical poetry, these poems pulsate with truth." --Carolyn Myss, author of Intimate Conversations with the Divine and Anatomy of the Spirit

In the early hours of June 16, 2011, Clark Strand witnessed a startling apparition of the Divine Feminine in the form of a young woman with an X of black electrical tape over Her mouth. Strand removed the tape, and She began to speak of a coming age of chaos and collapse in which the world of humankind would be severely chastened so that Her world--the world of Nature--could be renewed. Overwhelmed by the presence of One so fully Other, Strand found that love was the only language that would suffice. Drawing inspiration from Song of Songs and the Bengali mystics Ramprasad and Sri Ramakrishna, he began a series of poems to Ma Kali, the Dark Goddess of India, the words to which often came from the Great Mother Herself.

Product Details

Five Petal Press
Publish Date
July 22, 2020
5.0 X 8.0 X 0.24 inches | 0.26 pounds

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About the Author

Clark Strand is the former senior editor at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and the author of several books on spirituality and religion, including Seeds from a Birch Tree, Meditation Without Gurus, How to Believe in God, Waking the Buddha, and Waking Up to the Dark. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. With his wife, Perdita Finn, Strand is also the author of The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary and the co-founder of an international, non-sectarian rosary fellowship.
Illustrator Will Lytle grew up in the Catskill Mountains, where, after years as a hitchhiking, train-hopping vagabond, he returned to build a small house with wood from his family's lumber mill. An accomplished illustrator, mural artist, and the creator of the guerilla-style Thorneater Comics series, Lytle also illustrated Strand's Waking Up to the Dark and Strand and Finn's The Way of the Rose.