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<b>The Stations of the Cross</b>

The Stations of the Cross

March 23, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

James Matthew Wilson and Daniel Mitsui

In this fourteen-part cycle, Wilson meditates on the mystery of the Cross and the way that leads to it. As the cycle unfolds, mundane time is caught up in the divine economy and drawn, step by step, to the summit of "Skull Hill". Paired with each poem is a beautiful, hand-drawn Station by artist Daniel Mitsui, whose work is a faithful participation in the tradition of Christian iconography as a sacred discipline and an act of prayer, in a revivified Western idiom. It is an honor to present the work of these two contemporary practitioners of classical arts alongside each other.

<b>‘Stillness in Rhythm’: Hesychastic Poiesis</b>

‘Stillness in Rhythm’: Hesychastic Poiesis

January 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Michael Centore

“Have mercy on me, a poet!” To many, the vocations of the poet and the monk seem incompatible. The young Thomas Merton, having had a taste of each, considered the former immanent, worldly, and vain, whereas the latter was “transcendent”, sacred, concerned with the “reality of God”. But there are many poets, even of a secular cast, whose ethos bears striking similarities to the ancient mystical practice of hesychia, or stillness. If these similarities are more than coincidental, why are there so few hesychast-poets? Could there be such a thing as a deliberate hesychastic poetics? If so, what would its praxis look like? If not, is that all the worse for poetry, or for monasticism?