2019 Symposium Abstract 11: Joshua Sturgill - "Art & the Incarnation: Poetry as Chastely Erotic Art"
Feast of the Holy Martyr Tatiana of Rome
Though our focus will be poetry, this session will begin with the thesis that poetry and agriculture are the two fundamental arts, expressing the relationship of the soul to heaven and earth, respectively. Further, we will discuss the ‘gender’ of these arts – how they express the masculine and feminine in all human experience. Our goal is to consider how poetry is common...
Feast of St Spyridon the Wonderworker of Trymithous
Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree,
Putting the decorations back into their cupboard boxes -
Some have got broken - and carrying them up to the attic.
The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt,
And the children got ready for school. There are enough
Left-overs to do, warmed-up, for the rest of the week -
Not that we...
Feast of the Great Martyr Artemius
BEFORE THE Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode,
The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road.
A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire,
And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire;
A merry road, a mazy road, and such as we did tread
The night we went to Birmingham by way of Beachy Head.
I knew no...
Feast of Sts Cleopas and Artemas of the 70
FRIGID, fallow, the fainting, frosted earth
in silence sullen, souls of sylvan shorn;
wraiths and whispers upon now welter wastes
creep carefully out from crags and caverns.
Ancient arbors, by alien asters
luminous, by lore lyric leering lure,
issue imps in ire instructed idly.
Ghouls from gaps in Gaia’s greenish garment
emerge, ennobled evening ended,
vandals vicious, violence varied.
Feast of the Holy Martyrs Adrian & Natalie
Idiot Psalms: New Poems by Scott Cairns
FOURTEEN “Idiot Psalms” are surrounded by dozens of other poems by one of our favorite poets. This collection by Cairns follows several other works of poetry, essays, and memoir, and will prove his most challenging work yet. Acclaimed fellow poet B. H. Fairchild says of Cairns: “Among American poets of religious belief at the...
Feast of St Maximus the Confessor
GOD ALONE IS ruler and creator everlasting,
God is threefold power, God is wholly three and one,
He who grants each good thing one hopes for,
Never cheating the pure soul of what it confidently expects;
His words never fail to produce immediate results.
In His presence silent hearts can speak through their feelings;
Though the tongue says nothing its words resound above the...
Feast of St Laurence the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Rome
THE SUBJECT of my poem is not fiction, though I use the poetic art:
I will tell of things that happened, reliably, without a poet’s deceit,
For far be it from a servant of Christ to utter lies.
May such techniques delight the pagans as they worship what is false
But our only skill is our faith, our only...
Feast of St Kyriake the Great Martyr
ROY CAMPBELL was a South African poet educated at Oxford. There he met C. S. Lewis, but apparently made no impression on him at the time. Campbell traveled through his long dark night of agnosticism and found the wholeness of reality in backward Spain. There he shed not only his agnosticism, but also his childhood Calvinism, by swimming the Tiber: a double heresy...
Feast of St Juliana the Virgin-Martyr
WE ARE HAPPY when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us. —William Butler Yeats
I was twenty when I learned what is essential about metaphors. The poet Albert Goldbarth asked his introductory class to open the bundle of photocopied poems he’d made. Within it were twenty words by Gregory Orr:
Washing My Face