Yahweh's Other Shoe

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Liturgical Press, 2006 - Poetry - 116 pages

Only eternal life is worthy of the name, writes Kilian McDonnell, O.S.B., in an elegy for a brother monk, and in his poetry one feels the working out of this life that begins with Adam and proceeds beyond our own span of time on earth. These poems breathe human air, but are always conscious of the larger picture of life in Christ.

I wrestle with God 'flesh to flesh, sweat to mystery, ' and I limp away. This is how Father McDonnell describes his poetic project, and in these poems the reader attends a wrestling match of the highest order. He takes on the great themes of poetry: desire, mortality, love and age, brotherhood and God. Beginning with the figures of the Old and New Testament, he is aware of the human fallings', failings, and laughter in the stories as of what they say about God with us. Engaging with the events of our day, the great physical world around us, the intricate world of human relationships, and the spiritual journey of a monk, the poems continuously reveal what it means to be human.

Kilian McDonnell, OSB, STD, is a priest, theologian, and monk of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. His first book of poems, Swift, Lord, You Are Not, was published by Liturgical Press in 2003.

 

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Contents

Ars scribendi Ars moriendi
1
Isaiah Sees Wonder within the Walls of the World
14
A New Kind of Water at Jacobs Well
27
Rolling the Stone from the Grave
40
Dachau
48
The Day of the Cardboard Cutters
54
SEE FROM THE BELL TOWER
60
The Ladder Not Climbed the Battle Not Fought
66
My Uncle Henry the Lawyer
72
My First Hearing Aid
78
Lauds and Trouble
80
Kilian Parks Car C
86
The Death of Mount Saint Helena
94
Notes on the Poems
101
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About the author (2006)

Kilian McDonnell, OSB, is a monk/theologian of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is the author of three other books of poetry: Swift, Lord, You Are Not, Yahweh's Other Shoe, and God Drops and Loses Things (Saint John's University Press).

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