The Hiddenness of the World

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In this collection of lyric poems, Gerard Martin calls us to confront the most pressing of all human challenges: the desperate need to find anew this world of ours. Merciless warfare, runaway technological innovation, cut-throat commercial rapacity, and the degradation of our environment have made us inattentive to the sacredness of the world we inhabit. Through this account of one man's journey in search of the essential sense of things, Martin comes to realize the smallest elements in the landscapes (bird, ...
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In this collection of lyric poems, Gerard Martin calls us to confront the most pressing of all human challenges: the desperate need to find anew this world of ours. Merciless warfare, runaway technological innovation, cut-throat commercial rapacity, and the degradation of our environment have made us inattentive to the sacredness of the world we inhabit. Through this account of one man's journey in search of the essential sense of things, Martin comes to realize the smallest elements in the landscapes (bird, flower, a girl's eyes, a stone by the roadside) are secret mirrors of the greatest. Our world is a text we must patiently read and write - and in which we are also written! Martin understands that we and our world are ciphers in a divine cryptography whose deepest meaning we cannot hope to know until we have learned to pay closer attention. Though Martin's poems have been translated into Russian, no single volume of his poetry exists in English - until now.
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Introduction
A Few Words About Why the World Is "Hidden" and How to Find It Again 11
Barely has a child's breathing 21
Once, however, at the approach 23
Whilst we were driving 25
Earth, recognized 27
Pathway crackling over dawn 29
The air, all the same 31
Rumbling inland 33
Blind surgings of summer 35
Have we started again 37
A meandering come about 39
Thus the night's familiar burden 41
We, like a steep silence 43
Once more the step into time 45
Can an instant, yesterday, appear 47
At the color of noon 49
Upright now 51
But over there: the stone 53
The Summer Garden 57
The Evening's Reading 59
The Little Brussels Dress 61
The Chartreuse Hat 63
The Kitten Wary of Caresses 65
The Black Eyes 67
The Departure on the Platform 69
Somewhere between the fields 73
Night of Phatstos 75
By the foothills of Delphi 77
Night of Metsovon 79
Your night garment 81
Have I slept with the wave 83
Night of Archangelos 85
About the Author 86
About the Translator 87
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