My Fall 2016/Spring 2017 slate of poetry readings and lectures is still forming, with new events being scheduled even now, so check back here frequently for updates. Here is what I have finalized thus far. Click the icons at left for more details.
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March 31, 2017, Friday, 1:00 p.m. I shall delivery a plenary address and poetry reading, "Four Quartets and the Finding of (Modernist) Form." as part of the regional meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature at Grove City College.
Read my latest review, of playwright and poet Dan O'Brien's latest book, New Life, in the latest issue of the Weekly Standard. Click the picture to go to the article. An excerpt:
"In October 1993, Watson was on the ground in Mogadishu when the body of an American serviceman, William David Cleveland, was dragged through the streets and desecrated by a Somali mob. Watson clicked his shutter on Cleveland's death, and the resultant photos won him a Pulitzer Prize."
The Catholic University of America Press has released its Spring catalogue, announcing the forthcoming publication of The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition. This is my life's work. I hope it soon will take up some room -- not, pray God, a lifetime's worth -- in your memory, on your shelf, and in the world. Click the cover to read the publication announcement, including some wonderful advance praise by Joseph Pearce and Anthony Esolen.
I believe the publication date will fall sometime in mid-May or late-June. For my part, the pages have been proofed, the index culled through pure agony, and returned to the publisher with joy.
My account of an important but flawed new biography of Dante appears in the new issue of the Weekly Standard. Click the picture to read all about "The Divine Mr. D."
The academic journal Religions has now published my article, "Elizabeth Bishop and the Poetry of Meditation." These sorts of publications normally are available only to subscribers or through academic libraries, but as it happens, this journal has an "open access" policy and so is available free of charge to everyone.
The article itself will eventually join the many chapters of my book in progress Catholicism and Modern American Poetry. The heart of its argument also sketches the theme I'll address further down the road in Christian Platonism and the Meditative Lyric. Click the picture to read.
The distinguished poet Alfred Nicol has just published a review of The Fortunes of Poetry in an Age of Unmaking in the Fall issue of American Arts Quarterly. Click the book cover to read it all. Please visit the Fortunes page on this site to learn more about my defense of the permanent things, including our great poetic tradition.
"The stars are singing too / As they did long ago / When history went askew," I write in "The Third Sunday of Advent." That poem has just been published in the new Dappled Things magazine, along with my long -- and I hope definitive -- account of Jacques Maritain and the ontology of beauty ("Jacques Maritain’s Art and Scholasticism and the Recovery of a Beautiful World").
"Third Sunday" is the fourth in my six-poem Advent and Christmas sequence to be published. The first two "Sundays" appear in the final section of Some Permament Things, while "The Christmas Preface" appeared last Christmas in First Things. The whole series will be brought together in not my next book of poems but the one to follow.
To read the whole poem, please click the picture above. Won't you please also consider supporting my work, by purchasing a copy of Some Permanent Things? To do so, click on the book cover.
The Weekly Standard has now published "It's a Battlefield," my review of A Journey of the Mind, the collected poems of Helen Pinkerton. Readers of my work will know that I have written a great deal about Pinkerton, publishing two interpretive essays on her work, a personal interview with her, and also citing her more than once in my various books and articles. She is one of the best American poets of this last century; I hope this little article will serve as a fitting last word on her small but impressive body of work. Click the picture to read the review.
The galley proofs for my next book arrived this afternoon. While I look with dismay at the prospect of indexing such a beast, I hope my few readers will look ahead with a little excitement to this spring, when that long developing argument, The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition, hits the shelves of fine bookstores everywhere.
For those few Americans not thoroughly exhausted by this nightmarish political season, I offer some closing thoughts on the meaning of Donald Trump's election and the long, strange, and slow ascent of Pat Buchanan's ideas to the mainstream of American politics. Click the picture to read.
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