Four poems from Salient

These poems, from a cycle titled Salient, center on two poles: the appalling World War I battle of Third Ypres, or Passchendaele (1917), and the Chöd ritual of Tibetan Buddhism. They are set in the Ypres Salient in Flanders, an eastward bulge in the Western Front that was held by the British Armies from 1914…