The author, Fong Lee, takes us on a journey to the Fourth Dimension which in physics is a space-time continuum where the three spatial dimensions meet a fourth dimension, time.
Einstein's attempt at visualising the Fourth Dimension - punching a hole through a three dimensional sphere to create a fourth dimension - is the only direct clue provided in the text to the author's understanding of this term. It appears as a footnote to the poem in this volume titled "Three Boundaries'.
In cosmology, the concept of space-time combines Space and Time to a single abstract universe. In the poem "One and All" Fong Lee states 'we are space-time' and in a discussion with God points out that in this place (space-time) there is no yin yang division, no you & me duality, just Oneness. In an earlier poem the statement - 'to seek the creator it needs courage' - confirms the extent of the journey.
Many of the author's other poems are in a way stepping stones to this ultimate goal of the fourth dimension. Matters discussed include : the life cycle - yin and yang oneness,
good and bad - yin and yang duality,
chasing a dream - "Hide and Seek",
we must be ever changing - "Moving Target,
the meaning of life - "Two ways of one Motion"
am i real when i can't find my body - " The Body of Water" and
"A Star Compass"
to be free and flow to find Truth - " The Spirit"
the unseen directions incl. fourth dimension -"Ten Directions
love and chaos - "Fall in Love".
In Science and Literature, the main benefits of a fourth dimension are probably summed up in H. G. Wells classic 'Time Machine' where one of the main characters states "we find ourselves no longer limited by hopeless restriction to a certain beat of time"
The author discusses 'time' extensively in " The Three Elements" and "Today" and relationships with time in "Time or Me". In the poem "The Three Elements" the stanza - 'Yesterday was filled, Today is empty and fresh, Tomorrow will be bridged' sums it all up.
One question to ask is whether the author is hinting that the Fourth Dimension is in fact the Spirit within us all
'Flow back to the origin
Let the spirit melt
Truth doesn't stand still.'
Also it is interesting to note that Fong Lee does not advocate holding fast to a common Taoist precept of waiting for change because all change is cyclic. In "Today" it is urged that we should live for today as 'everyday is today' and in "Time or Me" we are encouraged 'you will see time when you see time as your own'.
I have enjoyed reading this delightful grouping of poems, by someone tackling the larger questions of life, as they are thought provoking and obviously have been given a great deal of contemplation.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)