My 2016-2017 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 deliver 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.
April 21, 2017, Friday, "Poetry as Enchantment," a reading and discussion with the Collegium Institute, at the University of Pennsylvania.
April 29, 2017, Saturday. A poetry reading at the Newburyport Literary Festival.
July 22, 2017, Saturday, 11:00am, I shall address the Catholic Arts Guild on "Beauty, The Foundation of the West," at the St. John Cantius Auditorium, in Chicago, Illinois.
Alabama Literary Review has published its annual issue, including poems from a range of fine poets, such as Catherine Chandler, Maryann Corbett, John Foy, and Timothy Murphy (just to mention those for whom I have a particular admiration).
The issue also publishes three new poems of mine: "The Scar of Odysseus," "How Many Exiles in the Monasteries," and "All the Hollowed Shells," not to mention my most recent essay on the philosophy of poetry and the art of verse, "On the Distinction between Verse and Poetry, a Classical Solution." Click the picture to read the whole issue (free and open access). What a pleasure it is to keep such company in such a place.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput writes to share these thoughts on The Vision of the Soul:
It has been a long time coming, but I am pleased to report that the Clarion Review has published in full my Fourteen Stations of the Cross accompanied with illustrations by Daniel Mitsui. I hope the sequence will be greeted by some as a good lyric poem and by most as a source of meditation during this season of Lent.
My thanks to the editors of First Things, Dappled Things, and The San Diego Reader, and The Clarion Review for giving these poems a home.
My latest essay on American Catholic poets has just been published in Catholic World Report. Here, I discuss the first book of poetry by the longtime editor of Renascence, Ed Block, Jr. Click the picture to read the essay. If you like what you find there, you may wish to join me this Tuesday night, at Villanova University, to hear about "Craftsmanship and Contemplation."
In the Lent issue of First Things, the twelfth of my Stations of the Cross appears. It is the last of the Stations to be published, and so you may look in the weeks ahead to the Clarion Review to see the complete series illustrated by Daniel Mitsui. Click the picture to read the poem now. I will provide a link to the Clarion once the complete series appears.
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."
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