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Gospels In Our Image: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry Based on Biblical Texts Hardcover – October 31, 1995
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Curzon (Modern Poems on the Bible, LJ 11/15/93) has gathered a rather impressive collection of 20th-century poetry to demonstrate the pervasiveness of the Gospel stories. He has selected poems that retell a particular Gospel story or parable rather than merely reflecting on a thematic structure of the Gospels. The biblical passage is printed side by side with the poem. For example, Matthew 2:1-2 (the Story of the Magi) is paired with, among others, T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi," James Dickey's "The Magus," and Sylvia Plath's "Magi." Curzon shows how Gospel narratives ranging from the Annunciation to the Resurrection have deeply influenced both the form and the content of modern poetry from Yeats to Gabriela Mistral. Highly recommended.
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Two excerpts from poems on the Lord's Prayer may illustrate the predominant approach.
Jacques Prevert, Our Father,
Our Father who art in heaven
And we'll stay here on earth
Which is so pretty sometimes
With her New York mysteries
And also her Paris mysteries
Easily worth those of the Trinity.
Nicanor Parra, Lord's Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven
full of all manner of problems...
Think no more of us. ...
Sincerely don't suffer any more for us
You must take into account
That the gods are not infallible
And that we have come to forgive everything.
I much preferred, David Impastato's anthology, Upholding Mystery: an Anthology of Contemporary Christian Poetry, which approaches the subject with a sense of awe and the incomprehensibility of the divine. Nevertheless, The Gospel's in Our Image, does provide some memorable images. It also introduces us to poets from Eastern Europe and Spanish Language poets that we might not have heard of otherwise.
The poems in this volume are more likely to appeal to the skeptical than the faithful, but even for the faithful there is still food for thought.
This book is for those who have read and heard scripture passages explained to them from a "theological" perespective yet who also want to look again at the passages and think for themselves. Well, the poets will help them do just that. It is not an attempt to undermine traditional readings of scripture; it is to open another door and to wonder who has the better view, the theologian or the poet?