Friday, January 06, 2023

In case you wondered …

… What Makes Poetry Christian by Andrew Frisardi. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… Mattix rightly notes that Christian poetics asserts that a poem’s life is a sign of the higher creative principles at work in the world. So Christian poetry “is inherently double – both surface and depth, material and immaterial.” The poems in this book are accordingly multifaceted and stamped with the poets’ lives, from the psalm-like directness and fluid cadences of the late North Dakotan poet-farmer Timothy Murphy, to the unadorned Mennonite physicality of Pennsylvanian Julia Spicher Kasdorf, to Louisianan Jennifer Reeser’s blend of Anglo-American prosody with Native American prayer and song.

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