Commonwealth names both the wealth of a place and the people who partake of that wealth. These poems celebrate the wealth of a place and its members. They are still lifes that focus our attention on the hands and crafts that weave a common life. They bid us marvel at the birds and plants, the makers and their tools, the lives and deaths that sustain its fabric. Dan Rattelle writes as an artisan among artisans in this craftsman’s homage to home.
The Slumbering Host
These thirty-three poems that cast light into the darkness and promise to wake readers from their spiritual apathy, selected by Clinton Collister and Daniel Rattelle, reflect on the permanent things that make life worth living. Shouldn’t poetry invite us into a tradition that unites us with the living, the dead, and the unborn? Shouldn’t poetry move us with music, meaning and story? Ranging from James Matthew Wilson and Marly Youmans to David Middleton and Sally Thomas, these poets tell us about woodworkers and priests, hermits and students, gardeners and clerks who sojourn in a world charged with the grandeur of God.
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Catharine Savage Brosman
In this expansive collection of poems, Catharine Savage Brosman surveys life in contemporary New York, wartime France, and medieval Europe. Along with imaginative scope, these poems attend to the particulars of persons such as Clara from the title poem, Catharine herself, saints, and soldiers. The maturity of Brosman’s voice allows her to easily shift between moving narrative, vivid images, and precise diction, maintaining a unity of purpose and vision throughout.