Buy from IndieBound Buy from Amazon Poet and critic Dana Gioia, former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, signals his ambitious artistic tendencies and his firm spiritual commitments from the first poem of this new collection. A versatile poet, he works through traditional, inherited forms as well as through the free verse characteristic of the work of many of his contemporaries.
Just to recap, last week we talked faith and fiction with Nick Ripatrazonean up-and-coming author from New Jersey.
Catholic Writing Today: Dana Gioia. Published Jan 23, in Catholic Writing ~ Approx 9 mins Discussion; Is there now a dearth of Catholic writers compared to the post-war era? by Dana Gioia. from Pity the Beautiful, Graywolf Press, Hard to forgive the homewrecker for her relentless pursuit of an otherwise happily married man but holding on to the kind of hate and anger that I feel for her will eventually destroy my soul. She doesn’t deserve to have that kind of power over me. I can never make her pay in a way that will satisfy my need for justice. Fuck her. He and I are better than ever so it should be onward and. 1 day ago · “It’s beautiful and objectively great, but it feels hollow. “He was both thrilled and shocked by Schreiber’s book,” Donnersmarck said. It was a pity, he said, that I had not been.
His works have long been familiar finds on library and bookstore shelves. Dana Gioia — renowned poet, critic, and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts — was kind enough to do an interview with us at the last minute. His essay, Can Poetry Matter?
His fourth and latest collection of poems, Pity the Beautifulwas published by Graywolf Press in Gioia is also the mastermind of a number of national initiatives to foster consciousness of and love for poetry in the American public.
So thank you, Dana, for your work. And thank you for the interview. How much of this is attributable to the writers themselves or the dearth of writersand how much is attributable to other entities—the Church, secular culture, or the demands of publishers?
There is no single cause for the decline of Catholic literary culture. The reason my essay was so long was that the situation is complicated.
The decline resulted from half a dozen converging trends— both inside and outside the Church. Internally, there was the assimilation of educated Catholics into secular society, the lack of support for the arts by the Church, the confusion in the Catholic community following Vatican II, the decline of interest in culture by the Catholic media as it became increasingly obsessed by politics, and the failure of Catholic universities to celebrate and champion our literary heritage.
These trends occurred as American intellectual life first grew more secular and then turned increasingly anti-Christian. Meanwhile in the broader society there was the steady erosion of print culture—the magazines, newspapers, and publishers which had traditionally supported serious writers.
This erosion probably affected Catholic writers disproportionately since they appeared to be out of sync with both the cultural and commercial mainstream. But what about the writers? Is there now a dearth of Catholic writers compared to the post-war era?
What we have is a dearth of opportunity and recognition. There are significant Catholic writers. But most of them have had to make their own way in the secular literary world with little support from the Catholic subculture. Young Catholic writers today face great difficulties in getting published, reviewed, supported, and employed.
The central theme of my essay is the current invisibility of Catholic artists in American culture. There are few practicing Catholics who are visible as artists in the mainstream culture.
I listed about half a dozen established writers who are recognized as Catholics by the literary media. Of course, there are many more who are not widely recognized, and there are others who keep their faith private. I was trying to understand the complicated situation of Catholic writers today in a culture where they lack recognition and support from within the Church and hostility or indifference in the broader arts world.
If you are exploring the current situation, why spend so much time looking at American literary life seventy years ago? In order to explain the current situation, I had to go back to the period after World War II in which there was a great explosion of the Catholic literary imagination.
Powers, Brother Antoninus, Thomas Merton, and others helped clarify matters. The sheer size, diversity, and distinction of American Catholic literary life then is astonishing. And it shows how diminished Catholic literary culture is today.
Newman put the matter exactly right.Pity the Beautiful is Dana Gioia's first new poetry book in over a decade.
Its emotional revelations and careful construction are hard won, inventive, and resilien The long-awaited fourth collection by one of America's foremost poets/5.
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It was a pity, he said, that I had not been.
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. Hard to forgive the homewrecker for her relentless pursuit of an otherwise happily married man but holding on to the kind of hate and anger that I feel for her will eventually destroy my soul. She doesn’t deserve to have that kind of power over me. I can never make her pay in a way that will satisfy my need for justice.
Fuck her. He and I are better than ever so it should be onward and. Pity the Beautiful, by Dana Gioia. reviewed by Jeff Johnson January 29, In Review: Pity the Beautiful A devout Catholic, he maintains a Catholic perspective of humility within a larger community and an appreciation of metaphysical mystery beyond surface impressions.
titled “Words for Music,” includes the book’s title poem.