From the cover: Visitors are welcome to my door—they enlighten my space. They make my dinner table talk more tasty.

But on the other hand, I don’t look forward to visitors. They crash my party of solitude. They break my holy silence. They come, one after another. Some of them almost seem like spies from the “outer world.” So it’s a dilemma. You don’t want to live without them, but it’s a burden living with them.

You almost want to put a sign up outdoors, “No Visitors.”

But, even Thoreau in his stay at Walden left an extra chair at his front door for visitors.

This book explores the dilemma of actually living with visitors and not enjoying them.
—Satsvarupa dasa Goswami

When the Saints Go Marching In

When The Saints Go Marching In is the first full book of poetry from Satsvarupa dasa Goswami to be published in the last five years. This close personal journey through contemporary Krishna consciousness reflects a recurring theme influenced by the appreciation of old Negro spirituals and their influence on twentieth century jazz. This book marks a major accomplishment from a writer and artist who has inscribed his vision of our world through the teachings of his spiritual teacher His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whom he refers to in his dedication as ”the saint who marched into the western world with the glory of India’s spiritual knowledge and gained thousands of followers worldwide.”

In this intimate and searing collection of poems, Satsvarupa dasa Goswami joins in the great traditions of Vaishnava writing, Negro spirituals, American literature, and jazz, combining its teachers, wordsmiths, troubadours, and artists who respond to the world around them in fresh and original language. The author is an American original; his poems are oracles for our time.

Write & Die
Exploring an array of literary ideas, Satsvarupa dasa Goswami’s Write and Die invites us into his own psyche, as well as on a journey through world literature, on his quest for relevant theistic themes. From Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the author explores motifs that intensify the inevitable tensions of human creativity in an illusionary world.

Write and Die is inspired by the courageous death by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami’s old friend Bhakti-tirtha Swami, the “spiritual warrior.” While reflecting upon his friend’s experience, the author delves into W.H. Auden’s controversial poetic line, “We must love one another or die.” Write and Die is one author’s response to readers who wonder what motivates writers relentlessly to put pen to paper until death insists the writing must end but truly never ends. Write and Die is an invitation to read and live.