Leaves of Water is an inspirational, thought-provoking poetry book with poems featuring such topics as the calming symphony of rain on the leaves, the silence of the wind and the glory of God.
Fr. Ralph Wright, who is a poet of great distinction, pens works that reflect his knowledge of and respect for the masters. His images are both beautiful and startling; his metaphors perceptive, his use of rhyme natural.
His expertise lies in the unity of word and idea that is the essence of poetry. Leaves of Water is his sixth book of verse. The poetry of leaves of water is never obscure but nevertheless demands that we return, again and again, to delight in and savor both words and subtle meanings.
Leaves of Water offers a soothing escape from the pressures and turmoil of every day life.
Ralph Wright, OSB is a Benedictine monk at Saint Louis Abbey in Saint Louis, Missouri. A noted hymnist and poet, Father Ralph was born in Nottinghamshire, England, in 1938. He received his early education at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire and later spent two years in the British Army. He studied the classics at Oxford University and theology at Fribourg in Switzerland before being ordained a priest in 1970. At his abbot's request, he left England to join Saint Louis Abbey in the United States where he has lived for over forty years. Currently, he is Vocations Director at the Abbey and teaches Theology, Creative Writing and Tennis in St Louis Priory School.