- Paperback: 163 pages
- Publisher: Zoo Press; 1st edition (March 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970817738
- ISBN-13: 978-0970817730
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,095,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philokalia Paperback – March, 2002
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From The Translation of Babel comes an excellent string of poems "The Translation of Raimundo Luz" which in a series of related poems ("My Infancy", "My Personal History", "My Language", "My Moral Dream", "My Imitation", "Our Lost Angels" ...) manages to explicate liberation theology in the best poetic, "post-modern" sense through the confounding of the life/personality of Raimundo Luz and Christ. From the same book comes a delightful homage to Calvino "Lost Cities: Calvino" and a wonderfully sassy "Lucifer's Epistle to the Fallen" with delightful lines: "Him! Showboat with the Heavy Thumbs! Pretender / at Creation! Maker of Possibilities!" combined with insightful images: "Imagine! The ignorance you're dressed in! / The way you wear it! ..."
In the new poems severals of the "Adventures in New Testament Greek" stand out as serious, playful analysis of key Biblical terms: Metanoia, Haireis, Nous, Mysterion ...
While the collection will appeal especially to those with an interest in religious poetry, this collection is solid poetry - worth consideration simply as excellent poetry.
Philokalia is a exploration of the spiritual, but it's also incredibly grounded; Cairns never loses sight of the ~body~ (and yes, sometimes "it hurts to see"). I think that tomorrow's literature classes will be citing Cairns as one of the most profound poets of this time period.
Scott's work has been (and I most sincerely hope) will continue to be an inspiration for me.
He has a way of making one laugh in one breath, and pause in wonder in the next.
If you have a chance to see him read, I would highly recommend it. If you don't, read his work. It has been a long time since I have purchased "modern" poetry - and this is well worth the expense.