And the Risen Bread is a harvest of 40 years of poetry by Daniel Berrigan. Beginning with poems written largely on biblical themes, the book moves on to reflect the increasingly experiential inspiration of Berrigan's poetry -- poems written from the front lines of the struggle for peace and justice, poems from the courtroom and the prison cell, and finally, poems of harsh but hopeful reflection.
....deserves a place of honor on this century's highest shelf.
Because of politics, or perhaps religion, Berrigan has never received his due as a poet. Jesuit and activist, he's been writing poems from rectories, safe houses, and jail cells for more than 40 years -- 14 volumes' worth, much of it collected here. The range of these poems may surprise, going well beyond politics and religion, but Berrigan is about engagement. He's often defiant and in-your-face, but his poetry is tempered, honest, and sure: 'no/ horse thieves, poachers,/ informers in our blood! Nicked by his razor Dado/ muttered in the mirror; the blood of Irish kings!/ Mother at the stove, turns up her eyes to heaven.' His love of country and church is apparent, as is his occasional frustration with both; it is his engagement with the world, though, that makes him a poet worth our attention.
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Meet the Author
Daniel Berrigan is author of fourteen volumes of poetry. His first volume of poetry, Time Without Number (1957), whose publication occurred at the suggestion of poet Marianne Moore, was nominated for the National Book Award and awarded the prestigious Lamant Prize for Poetry by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.