Biblical characters, including Jesus, are modernized and portrayed very humanly in the poetry book by Benedictine monk, Kilian McDonnell. Those who know the Bible and want another view of its characters, as well as other faithful people, may appreciate this work.
. . . the author has fun with words. . . . It is no surprise that a late poem suggests the poet draws inspiration from Seamus Heaney, Emily Dickinson and Robert Hass. They would welcome him as a brother on the road.
If you’ve ever wondered what the experts mean when they say that the Bible in so many ways is about you, the title poem in Benedictine Father Kilian McDonnell’s God Drops and Loses Things should clarify the matter completelyeven more so if you happen to be a parent.
The Catholic Review Online
This is religious poetry in its highest form.
God’s 'desperate love' strides through McDonnell's work; reading it becomes another reason to get up in the morning. McDonnell has heard the Scripture’s female voice and, like a faithful scribe, responded 'Here am I' by writing down her intimacies. You'll love the sweet nectar in these poems, their earthy details, the humanness of the women and men who inhabit their rooms. You’ll want to sit at Levi's table for his feast, and by the power in McDonnell’s words and images, you can.
Sharon Chmielarz, Author of The Other Mozart
If what Simone Weil says is true, that 'unmixed attention is a form of prayer,' then God Drops and Loses Things constitutes a poet’s breviary. Kilian McDonnell’s pure attention to the astonishing events and telling details of familiar biblical stories enables him to re-imagine them in ways that surprise and delight the reader even as they instruct. In language that is both classic and colloquial, the voices of antiquity speak to us from these pages and include the likes of Adam and Abraham, Moses and Mary Magdelyn, Jezebel and Jesus, all of whom seem as near to us as the next room. Fr. Kilian, a lifelong Benedictine monk and a learned theologian, brings intellect and imagination to bear on this rich material and offers us glimpses of the wild wisdom of God's ways even as it eludes the speakers of his poems and the actors in the events of salvation history. The poems remind us that ours is a world in which 'splendor barges in' when we humans least expect it, in which 'God drops her hairb
It is a blessing to have another collection of poems by Kilian McDonnell, his third in just a handful of years, and to find in it so many which speak with such clarity to anyone struggling to live an authentic spiritual life. Struggle and imaginative risk-taking are everywhere in these pages, both in the often gloriously subversive, scriptural understories characteristic of this poet, where we are taken inside the lives of anguished personae such as Hagar or Judas or Isaac"And I must ask what kind / of deity is this who asks this horror, / whose will lies in the absurd / and in the abyss beyond?"but also, and indelibly, in the vividly personal writing to be found in the third section of the book, "At Dusk," where poem after poem resonates with unprecedented depth of feeling and frankness of disclosure. With pieces such as "Hiding," "The Wolf Will Wait," "Do You Love Me?" "In Search of Trust," "Cosmic Lazarus," "Places I Have Rested" and "At Dusk," to name a few, Kilian McDonnell, in l