The Paraclete Poetry Anthology: Selected and New Poems — Featured Poets

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"You'll wear out the pages and the binding before you're ever ready to put down this book."

— Barbara Mahany, Chicago Tribune

"I think that Phyllis was a poet first and foremost, before anything else. Here she has attentively gathered all of the poems she wished to preserve from the last half century. A handful of them were written in the last few years. This book should surprise a lot of people. Its honesty leaves me breathless."

—Jon M. Sweeney, editor of Phyllis Tickle: Essential Spiritual Writings (Orbis)

Scott Cairns has gathered every poem he's ever published in book form, and has also added previously uncollected work spanning three decades. A careful introduction by Gregory Wolfe and a tribute preface by Richard Howard make this the ultimate collection of Cairns's work. "Among American poets of religious belief at the present time, none is more skillful, authentic, or convincing than Scott Cairns." 

—B. H. Fairchild, poet, National Book Critics Circle Award winner

"These psalms sound the urgent need for revelation, implying a strong corrective to our modern material life. It is a joy to witness the vision of such an arresting poet. This is a book to savor."

-Maurice Manning, recipient of the 2009 Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers

This provocative collection of new poems is the latest in a series of Paul Mariani's rich contributions to American literature. These spiritually searching poems develop themes of personal loss - the deaths we experience – as well as the quest for new life often known as tranfigurations.

"A hauntingly beautiful book....In these pages, Rilke dances in the dark to the tune of his own poems, his reluctant partner the elusive God he woos. The effect is irresistible: an invitation to join in the dance no reader can refuse." 

— Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, poet and author of Saint Sinatra & Other Poems

Kamienska came of age during the horrors of the Nazi occupation of Poland and lived under Communism. These experiences, as well as the sudden death of her husband, led her to engagement with the Bible and the great religious thinkers of the 20th century. Her poems record the struggles of a rational mind with religious faith, addressing loneliness and uncertainty in a remarkably direct, unsentimental manner. Her spiritual quest has resulted in extraordinary poems on Job, other biblical personalities, and victims of the Holocaust. 

“Zen Rabbi Rami is a true Holy Rascal. His poetry inspires and enlightens with ease and grace, providing food for the soul of all people, religious or not. I love this wise and beautiful book.”

—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author

 "These poems—lush, accomplished lyrics gathered by a delicate narrative thread— present a profound and savory confusion. Spoken in the voice of the book's titular persona, Charles de Foucauld, the poems present genuine exultation, vertiginous truth." 

— Scott Cairns, author of Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems