Book Tour: A Ship to Hold the World and The Marionette’s Ascent
I had the honor of speaking to the Emmaus group at St. Patrick’s church in Huntington this evening. They are a wonderful group of people, led by excellent teacher Anthony Marinelli, committed to the study of scripture and vibrant discussions of faith. My reading there was part of a Spring book tour I am giving to celebrate the launch of my new book, A Ship to Hold the World and The Marionette’s Ascent, published by Wiseblood Books.
Wiseblood, which is “wide-eyed for new epiphanies of beauty” is a press rooted in the Catholic literary tradition of Flannery O’Connor, thus, the very name of the press takes its name from what is, arguably, O’Connor’s most famous novel.
I am delighted to have my work associated with such a fine press, one that “finds redemption in uncanny places and people; wrestle us from the tyranny of boredom; mock the pretensions of respectability; engage the hidden mysteries of the human heart, be they sources of either violence or courage; articulate faith and doubt in their incarnate complexity; dare an unflinching gaze at human beings as &lsqup;political animals’; and suffer through this world’s trials without forfeiting hope.” A Ship to Hold the World and The Marionette’s Ascent, published by Wiseblood contains a large number of poems written as what I call “Dramatic Monologue meets Midrash.”
It was wonderful to share these poems with the Emmaus group. One of their favorites I will post here: “The Sacrifice (Abraham and Isaac)” along with Caravaggio’s “The Sacrifice of Isaac”, and awesome music apropos of this subject by Anais Mitchell.