The last week was full of blessings. I got to share a retrospect on the first annual Colosseum Summer Institute and a prospect for the kind of literary culture the Institute is committed to promoting, in my latest column in The Catholic Thing. Click the TCT to read, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Colosseum."
The first reviews of The River of the Immaculate Conception have begun to appear, and they constitute some warm and intelligently argued endorsements. Daniel Rattelle considers the poem in a new review in First Things (click the F to read), while Katy Carl offers a historical and critical analysis of where the poem fits in the American tradition, literary and beyond, in the pages of Dappled Things (click the DT to read). Dappled Things also includes in its new issue, not only this fine review, but the interview Roseanne Sullivan conducted with me about the composition of River. Click the RIC cover to read.
Tomorrow, I speak to the Catholic Artists Society, at the Catholic Center of NYU. This kicks off a busy spring and summer season of readings and lectures and I hope you will join me at any that come to your neck of the woods. Check back here often, as I have new essays and poems due in print almost weekly from here until the end of summer. I hope you'll find something worth the reading.
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