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Yahweh's Other Shoe [Paperback]

By Kilian McDonnell (Author)
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"Only eternal life is worthy of the name," writes Kilian McDonnell, O.S.B., in an elegy for a brother monk, and in his poetry one feels the working out of this life that begins with Adam and proceeds beyond our own span of time on earth. These poems breathe human air, but are always conscious of the larger picture of life in Christ. "I wrestle with God 'flesh to flesh, sweat to mystery,' and I limp away." This is how Father McDonnell describes his poetic project, and in these poems the reader attends a wrestling match of the highest order. He takes on the great themes of poetry: desire, mortality, love and age, brotherhood and God. Beginning with the figures of the Old and New Testament, he is aware of the human flailings, failings, and laughter in the stories as of what they say about God with us. Engaging with the events of our day, the great physical world around us, the intricate world of human relationships, and the spiritual journey of a monk, the poems continuously reveal what it means to be human.

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Only eternal life is worthy of the name, writes Kilian McDonnell, O.S.B., in an elegy for a brother monk, and in his poetry one feels the working out of this life that begins with Adam and proceeds beyond our own span of time on earth. These poems breathe human air, but are always conscious of the larger picture of life in Christ.

I wrestle with God 'flesh to flesh, sweat to mystery, ' and I limp away. This is how Father McDonnell describes his poetic project, and in these poems the reader attends a wrestling match of the highest order. He takes on the great themes of poetry: desire, mortality, love and age, brotherhood and God. Beginning with the figures of the Old and New Testament, he is aware of the human fallings', failings, and laughter in the stories as of what they say about God with us. Engaging with the events of our day, the great physical world around us, the intricate world of human relationships, and the spiritual journey of a monk, the poems continuously reveal what it means to be human.

"Kilian McDonnell, OSB, STD, is a priest, theologian, and monk of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. His first book of poems, "Swift, Lord, You Are Not," was published by Liturgical Press in 2003."

Awards and Recognitions
Yahweh's Other Shoe by Kilian McDonnell has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Minnesota Book Award - 2007 Finalist - Poetry category


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Saint John's University Press
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 3, 2006
Publisher   Saint John's University Press
ISBN  0974099228  
ISBN13  9780974099224  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kilian McDonnell, OSB, is a monk/theologian of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is the author of three other books of poetry: Swift, Lord, You Are Not, Yahweh's Other Shoe, and God Drops and Loses Things (Saint John's University Press).

Kilian McDonnell has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Michael Glazier Books


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Quality Offerings on the Altar of Praise  Nov 28, 2006
Kilian McDonnell, O.S.B., has been a monk/priest of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., for more than 60 years. The 46 poems in this, his second book of poetry, cover topics including scripture, violence and injustice in the world, aging, and life in the monastery.

Of Eve, he writes, "Quickly done. She bites, / hands the apple to her spouse, / standing quietly beside her. / Passive, he chews death upon his house." A memorial poem to an oblate who died in 2004 contains this stanza: "Enemy of the busy, / friend of visual silence, / he soared with the threat / of a condor looking for spleens" and a series of poems on the prodigal son ends with these two lines: "You're my only son. / He's my only son."

The final section is an essay that opens with a discussion of religious experience in the work of more than a dozen poets from Plato to Robert Frost. It is in the essay that we learn more about McDonnell as poet. He finds inspiration in the silence within the biblical/liturgical culture of the monastery, which can evoke "a host of new images and possibly a new language" related to seeking God and God's glory. As to why he began writing poetry 10 years ago and continues at age 85, he hopes simply to offer his best on the "altar of praise," and invites readers to experience the mystery of God with him.
 

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