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Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius
Kaufmann Publishing, hardcover (approx. 6.1 x 3.7 inches), 48 pages.
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 users.erols.com/fishhook, pavel.romancatholic.org, and www.pavelreads.com.
“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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