Common Longing the Teresa Poems and a Canticle for Mary and Martha

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These poems string from a tradition of mystical contemplation, asking such questions as: How can one sustain an interior life in the midst of a material culture? How can a person bring the fruits of that interior awakening back into the world? The book moves freely between the unified polarities of contemplation and action, utilizing both free verse and metrical experimentation.


"These poems glow with transformations: mystical and unfamiliar figures are made accessible as they merge with everyday life. The verse, direct and unassuming, incarnates spiritual subjects I a contemporary accent. St. Teresa of Avila becomes a modern woman, and Mary and Martha, figures of contemplation and action, help both author and reader face problems here and now." Lee Johnson

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