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The Paraclete Poetry Anthology

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Paraclete Poetry Anthology

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THE PARACLETE POETRY ANTHOLOGY

Edited by Mark S. Burrows (Paraclete Press, 2016)

"Poems," writes anthology editor Mark S. Burrows, "guide us on our way through language's epiphanies, releasing us at least momentarily from our tutelage in the workday realm of prose." Like prayer, poetry requires the authentic participation of a reader, which makes this anthology an excellent literary and spiritual companion. Diverse works from noted poets such as Scott Cairns, Phyllis Tickle, Paul Mariani, and Rainer Maria Rilke are placed next to emerging writers of faith like William Woolfitt, whose verses about Blessed Charles Eugene de Foucauld are particularly moving.

At nearly 200 pages, the anthology is generous and expansive. Some poems are especially notable. "Feed My Sheep" by Cairns, a master of pacing and white space on the page, could be read as a daily examen. "As we have all denied him," the speaker ponders, we must ask if we love God--and if the answer is yes, then "we must rise up, set out to feed his lambs. …

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