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Daniel Berrigan's And the Risen Bread: Selected and New Poems 1957-97 PDF

By Daniel Berrigan

ISBN-10: 082321821X

ISBN-13: 9780823218219

ISBN-10: 0823218228

ISBN-13: 9780823218226

And the Risen Bread is a fruits of 40 years of poetry via American Jesuit and activist Daniel Berrigan. starting with poems written on bucolic subject matters, the e-book strikes to these facing the fight opposed to conflict. integrated are poems written from courtrooms and penitentiary cells, in addition to non secular poems which come with the doubt and hassle that come up from the numerous horrors of our international this present day.

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They ate and died of it: unproofed against my living phial, great love. That day stones flew like hail of stones at first: my dolorous flesh took their brute will but stones transformed to tongues, whispered at every wound: welcome That day stones flowered to dark rose­field Christ walked and gathered. Snowman The children wrapped up and skeined out and rolled downhill death, who is ludicrous but king too, from coal eyes surveying from ruined mouth saying: it is all like me: Page 28 no blue or red of vein or heart fired and set afoot, I do permit me.

Mark what holds them still: — his spastic dying cry: for murderers no lightning: a thirst to curse all springs our tongues are laid against. There is less than nothing here. Nothing were yet something if stones would rise and grate a syllable of God: if hands were sprung a moment only from the trap of nails. But death has staked him off and bound him for its baggage: heaving no miracle, the hill sighs to a long sun westward: the sky runs red with torches, the city blinks us blind and only death is savior.

And cobweb, no more than an afterthought, trembles at dawn like new­hammered silver. Page 10 The crouching rocks; overlaid with purest lace. The wild brown grasses; a canticle at the furnace door: Bless the Lord, rime at morning, frost and cold air! Roots, bound hand and foot, hear and heave mightily, lie cruciform, await the breaking spell. For a moment nothing is wasted, nothing of no moment: to the banquet grace calls, grace clothes the unwanted poor. I Sing the star whose light my song makes steady, the face whose look was never but when my hand had found it, the word that lovelier stayed than trees unstressed by season, what on the earth was seldom less seldom for my speaking — pride, delight, deliverance.

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