of christian poems
AN ESPECIAL ENDEAVOUR TO COMMEMORATE
THE PHILIPPINE QUINCENTENNIAL &
SINGAPORE BICENTENNIAL OF CATHOLICISM
featuring one hundred writers from across the world
“From his fullness we have all received,
grace upon grace.”
Chapter 3: Profession
What profession of faith do poets afford their lyric and narrative? What is buried or turned loose through metaphor? The poet might also be the sower, perhaps one of the two muted figures in Anton Mauve’s Farmer Behind the Plough. Or some other figure, hidden and farther afield, outside this painting.
What manner of tiller or picker—what gatherer, what gardener? Who among them will trek the narrow path towards abbey and steeple, and gladly find sanctuary within?
Paul Mariani yields several finely turned-out poems, ekphrastic pieces inspired by artists the likes of Caravaggio and Georges de la Tour. His same-titled poem on Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses crisply relates the Parable of the Sower...
Chapter 6: Expectation
What might St. Peter and St. John have been thinking in this moment? What were they anticipating? Was there any doubt or skepticism? Was it relief and hopefulness, even elation?
In Eugène Burnand’s most beloved 1898 oil on canvas, The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the...
Chapter 7: Blessedness
Look at Mother Mary, front and centre, holding the stage. Her demeanour is calm and confident, her presence sublime. This is Pentecost, the 1732 painting by Jean Restout II. A significant feast day within the liturgical year, Pentecost marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mother Mary and the twelve apostles...
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God,
serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”
1 Peter 4:10
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