Epitaphs for the Journey
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Epitaphs for the Journey

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In Epitaphs for the Journey: New, Selected and Revised Poems, Paul Mariani revisits forty years of writing poems, including revising many of his earlier lyrics, to shape his latest volume into a life lived and lived again over the past seven decades. The eight sections--or cantos--each composed of twelve poems, cover roughly a decade apiece and contour Mariani's search for answers to the constant interplay of the felt presence of the Mystery we call God as it plays with the modern imagination. Mariani's background is Catholic and broadly classic, and warmly embraces all aspects of Christianity and Judaism and the world even beyond those.
The Poiema Poetry Series

Poems are windows into worlds; windows into beauty, goodness, and truth; windows into understandings that won't twist themselves into tidy dogmatic statements; windows into experiences. We can do more than merely peer into such windows; with a little effort we can fling open the casements, and leap over the sills into the heart of these worlds. We are also led into familiar places of hurt, confusion, and disappointment, but we arrive in the poet's company. Poetry is a partnership between poet and reader, seeking together to gain something of value--to get at something important.

Ephesians 2:10 says, "We are God's workmanship . . ." poiema in Greek--the thing that has been made, the masterpiece, the poem. The Poiema Poetry Series presents the work of gifted poets who take Christian faith seriously, and demonstrate in whose image we have been made through their creativity and craftsmanship.

These poets are recent participants in the ancient tradition of David, Asaph, Isaiah, and John the Revelator. The thread can be followed through the centuries--through the diverse poetic visions of Dante, Bernard of Clairvaux, Donne, Herbert, Milton, Hopkins, Eliot, R.S. Thomas, and Denise Levertov--down to the poet whose work is in your hand. With the selection of this volume you are entering this enduring tradition, and as a reader contributing to it.

--D.S. Martin, Series Editor

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Published 18 May 2012
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Epitaphs for the Journey
Paul Mariani
Epitaphs for the Journey:
New, Selected, and Revised Poems
Engravings and Design by Barry Moser
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E P I TA P H S F O R T H E J O U R N E Y New, Selected, and Revised Poems
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T H E P O I E MA P O E T RY S E R I E S
Poems are windows into worlds; windows into beauty, goodness, and truth; windows into understandings that won’t twist themselves into tidy dogmatic statements; windows into experiences. We can do more than merely peer into such windows; with a little effort we can Ling open the casements, and leap over the sills into the heart of these worlds. We are also led into familiar places of hurt, confusion, and dis-appointment, but we arrive in the poet’s company. Poetry is a partner-ship between poet and reader, seeking together to gain something of value—to get at something important. Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are God’s workmanship . . .” poiema in Greek—the thing that has been made, the masterpiece, the poem. The Poiema Poetry Series presents the work of gifted poets who take Christian faith seriously, and demonstrate in whose image we have been made through their creativity and craftsmanship. These poets are recent participants in the ancient tradition of David, Asaph, Isaiah, and John the Revelator. The thread can be fol-lowed through the centuries—through the diverse poetic visions of Dante, Bernard of Clairvaux, Donne, Herbert, Milton, Hopkins, Eliot, R.S. Thomas, and Denise Levertov—down to the poet whose work is in your hand. With the selection of this volume you are entering this enduring tradition, and as a reader contributing to it.
Other Books in the Series:
—D.S. Martin Series Editor
Sydney Lea,Six Sundays Toward a Seventh Robert Siegel,Within This Tree of Bones(forthcoming)
C O N T E N T S
O N E
Mairzy Doats /page15 The Lost Father /17 Operating Room, Upper East Side, March1 9 4 5 9/ 1 The Furnace: July0/ 2 1 9 4 5 Christmas Eve2/ 2 1 9 4 5 Fathers & Sons /23 New York, Christmas Eve/ 2 51 9 4 7 Show & Tell /26 Duet /2 8 Goodnight Irene /3 0 Study in Black & White,1 9 5 4/3 3 Matadero, Riley & Company /3 5
T W O
East of the Whitestone /4 1 The Sweater /4 2 Work /4 5 The Girl Who Learned to Sing in Cr ow /4 6 Winter1 9 5 6/4 8
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Photograph of Oldest Son, Postulant in the Society of Mary /4 9 Soldiers of Christ /5 0 Betty: September1 9 5 7/5 3 A&P Nightshift: January1 9 5 9/5 5 Manhattan /5 8 Replaying the Old Morality Play /5 9 Light Streaming into the Head /6 1
T H R E E
Harry /6 7 Crossing Cocytus /6 9 Ghost /7 4 Coda: Revising History /7 5 Then /7 7 Beginnings /7 9 Quid Pro Quo /8 1 Eurydice /8 3 The Republic /8 6 The Dancing Master /8 9 Steps /9 1 Early Autumn Song /9 2
F O U R
The Statue /9 7 As Mirandola Had It, The Mirror of the Soul /9 8 For the Union Dead at Andersonville /1 0 0 On the Sublime /1 0 1 On the Limits of Transcendence /1 0 2 Landscape with Dog /1 0 4 A Bad Joke /1 0 5 Catalpa /1 0 7 Sarcophagus /1 0 9 Salvage Operations /1 1 2 The Eastern Point Meditations /1 1 4 The Peaceable Kingdom /1 2 2
F I V E
Giottoesque: Christmas1 9 8 5/1 2 7 The Gods Who Come Among Us /1 2 8 Saying Goodbye /1 3 0 Then Sings My Soul /1 3 1 Pietà /1 3 3 The Great Wheel /1 3 4 The Cistern /1 3 6 Death & Transfiguration /1 3 7 The Old Men Are Dying /1 3 9 Fear /1 4 2 Voyager /1 4 4 Silt /1 4 5
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S I X
Epitaph for the Journey /1 5 1 Variations on a Theme /1 5 3 The Blank Canvas James Franco Says he Saw /1 5 4 Unsolicited /1 5 5 Words /1 5 6 The Things They Taught Me /1 5 7 North/South /1 6 1 Light /1 6 3 Elegy for William Carlos Williams on the Eve of His1 2 5th Birthday /1 6 4 Annunciation /1 6 6 Our Lady of Peace, Turners Falls /1 6 7 Nine One One /1 6 8
S E V E N
Mother of Consolation /1 7 3 There Was a Boy Once /1 7 4 The Cup /1 7 6 Passage /1 7 9 Wasn't It Us You Were Seeking? /1 8 0 Solar Ice /1 8 1 P.S. /1 8 2 Casualty Report /1 8 2