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Whose Saints We Are
7.2 x 4 x 0.7 inches
Four-Volume Poetry Gift Set
People get it wrong. The saints are more human than the rest of us, not less. And this is so not only in the great saints like Padre Pio -- who once punched a man who denied his stigmata -- but in lesser known holy ones as well. Peter Maurin, for example, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, knew the pull of pride. That's why he said, "Don't try and be a big shot. Be a little shot." And Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi? She once threatened her ambitious daughter with a hot poker, saying that there would be no social climbing in her family.
In all that David Craig writes, we hear the voice of one crying in a perplexing wilderness, bidding us to prepare. These poems attain to both witness and prophecy, offering calm consolation that every darkness will yield to light. -- Scott Cairns, author of COMPASS OF AFFECTION, IDIOT PSALMS and numerous other volumes of incarnational poems
I have followed David Craig's poetry for some time now, relishing not only its quality but also its originality. How few in our time eschew the triviality and babble of so-called postmodernism, preferring the path of spiritual growth? What a pleasure to chart that progress, aesthetic and spiritual (for Craig the two are rightly inseparable), as we here can do by moving from the jewel-like earlier poetry to a tour de force like ANNA-MARIA TAIGI. -- Sydney Lea, author of SIX SUNDAYS TOWARD A SEVENTH, founder of NEW ENGLAND REVIEW
On Preparation for Death poems: Absolutely magnificent! Et in Arcadia ego never more clear. And probably too hard a lesson for contemporaries, even believers. It will be a rare Padre who reads one to his flock this century ... in this country, anyway. I sure hope you get this out as a little book, a vade mecum in pocketsize, to be referred to frequently. Bravo! ----Howard McCord, author of THE COMPLETE POEMS
About the Author
David Craig has published thirteen collections of poetry, including ST. FRANCIS POEMS (Wipf & Stock, forthcoming) and Whose Saints We Are (Kaufmann). His poetry has been anthologized often, most significantly in David Impastato's UPHOLDING MYSTERY for Oxford University Press where 32 of his poems share space with only twelve other Christian poets in the English-speaking world. His MERCY'S FACE was included in the MASTERPLOTS list of the five hundred most important literary works in the history of Christendom. His verse, which has been put to music by Dr. Scott Robinson of Eastern University, has also been used as a basis for retreats all over the United States. Dr. Craig has served as judge for White Eagle Coffee Store Press's annual contest and has read his poetry across America, in Canada, and in Australia. Along with Dr. Janet McCann he has edited three anthologies of Christian verse. He has also published three works of fiction. He earned his MFA and Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University and has taught creative writing for 25 years in the Franciscan University of Steubenville English Department, for whom he edits an annual Contemporary Christian poetry chapbook series. He and his wife Linda live in Weirton, WV, with their three children: David, Jude, Craig, and an intrepid miniature schnauzer, Leafbead.
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