contemplative nature. Often he fell, ornthrew himself, off the wall between thentwo. His interest in Latin American poetsnwas encouraged by his friendship withnNicaraguan Trappist Ernesto Cardenal, anpoet who was for a time a novice undernMerton at Gethsemani. Merton's fascinationnwith the tortured spirituality ofnthe Latins turned into unaitical endorsementnof all . . .
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