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Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius

Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius
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Kaufmann Publishing, hardcover (approx. 6.1 x 3.7 inches), 48 pages. 

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“Good religious poetry—poetry that is truly religious and truly poetic—is a rare and precious commodity nowadays. The spirit of the age works against it. Which in itself makes the appearance of Pavel Chichikov's Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius a welcome event. But so, more important, does the quality of these poems.  As meditations, whose manner resembles the Ignatian technique called composition of place, they mine the Mysteries of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross in order to bring forth a luminous iconography of redemption.  A sensibility in the tradition of Dickinson and Donne, an eye for vivid imagery, and an ear for the telling phrase meet here in verse that is as much to be prayed as read.” —RUSSELL SHAW, eminent Catholic columnist.

They swing their whips in circles, make them sing,
Slaves of death who flog Creation's King
Criminals who cover Him with gashes,
Seven slugs entwined within the lashes:
Jealousy and pride and greed and lust,
The Son of God defiled by sons of dust,
Sloth and gluttony -- the sins of beasts --
Rage against the Love that will not cease,
Eternity with spittle on its face
Humility in agony, disgrace

[Excerpted from "Scourging at the Pillar" in Mysteries and Stations.]

“Pavel Chichikov sees into the mystery of things. He is gifted with what Gerard Manley Hopkins called instress, those moments when the mysterious veil that covers reality is momentarily lifted to reveal the fingerprints of God in the heart of His Creation. It is, therefore, a luminous joy to see his poetic gifts poured out as an oblation to the wondrous mysteries of the Rosary." —JOSEPH PEARCE, distinguished Catholic critic and biographer

Pavel Chichikov

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius is his third book of poems. He is also poetry editor of the popular web site Catholic Exchange. Find his work at,, and

“St. Augustine said, ‘He who sings well, prays twice.’  Pavel Chichikov's poetry sings and takes us into regions of the Spirit we could never have found ourselves.  It is a gift and a grace of the Holy One." MARK P. SHEA, noted Catholic commentator

“Pavel Chichikov is a master poet who mines the richness of the spiritual and the material, who captures the dynamic movements in the concert of life. His poetry is a skillful tribute to Creation and Creation's God.” —WILLIAM FERGUSON, editor, St. Linus Review

Together with his first collection of poems, Lion Sun (Grey Owl Press, 1999), Pavel Chichikov’s new book, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, establishes him as a major Catholic poet in the tradition of St. John of the Cross but with the poetic sensibilities of the Metaphysicals . . . especially George Herbert and Richard Crashaw. His poems are visionary, intensely spiritual, and powerfully Baroque.  In fact, if Chichikov’s poems were paintings, they would be a collection of Reubens, Giovanni Bastisa Tiepolos, and Renoirs. Chichikov’s varied poetic patterns are filled with intricate conceits, a range of impassioned speakers, and the imagery of transcendence—birds, flames, wine, angels, and flowers. It would not be unfair to label Mysteries and Stations as an elegiac florilegium for Christ. The size of a pocket calculator or small spiral notebook, Mysteries and Stations is a poetic prayer book for anyone seeking spiritual enlightenment beyond the grave, as one of his poems puts it. Here are spiritual exercises for heart and soul.       —PHILIP C. KOLIN, University of Southern Mississippi
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