The Collected Poems of William Everson (Brother Antoninus): Volume 2: The Veritable Years, 1949-1966

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Poetry. This second volume of William Everson's Collected Poems includes five books, as well as a selection of uncollected and previously unpublished poems. Albert Gelpi, of Stanford University, has commented that "if T.S. Eliot is the most important religious poet in English in the first half of the twentieth century, Everson/Antoninus is the most important religious poet of the second half of the twentieth century." In his 1978 preface to "The Veritable Years," Everson wrote, "The second part, from my ...
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Poetry. This second volume of William Everson's Collected Poems includes five books, as well as a selection of uncollected and previously unpublished poems. Albert Gelpi, of Stanford University, has commented that "if T.S. Eliot is the most important religious poet in English in the first half of the twentieth century, Everson/Antoninus is the most important religious poet of the second half of the twentieth century." In his 1978 preface to "The Veritable Years," Everson wrote, "The second part, from my mid-thirties to my fifties, was dominated by God, and stands in antithetical relationship to the first. I have called this work of this period "The Veritable Years" because it represents a man's attempt to break the residual power of the past, achieve union with a metaphysical Absolute possessing intrinsic veritability on its own terms, beyond the power of process." Includes a bibliography, chronology and index.
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Also known as Brother Antoninus after his entry into the Dominican Order in 1951 (which he later left), Everson (1912-1994) was a poet who wrote passionately and prolifically about his philosophical and spiritual struggle to come to terms with himself, God, and nature. This volume comprises the second of three volumes of collected poems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574230826
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Collected Poems Ser.
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Bibliographical Note
Prefatory Note
Note on Typography
Foreword: Liability Unlimited
Introduction: Everson/Antoninus: Contending with the Shadow
Preface
Prologue: At the Edge 5
Triptych for the Living : I. The Uncouth 11
Triptych for the Living : II. The Coming 12
Triptych for the Living : III. The Wise 14
The Flight in the Desert 15
The Making of the Cross 17
Gethsemani 19
The Massacre of the Holy Innocents 33
The Falling of the Grain : I. Toward Solstice 35
The Falling of the Grain : II. The Portent 35
The Falling of the Grain : III. The Quittance of the Wound 36
The Falling of the Grain : IV. The Crowning of the Queen 37
The Falling of the Grain : V. In the Ripeness of the Weed 38
The Falling of the Grain : VI. The Burning Book 39
The Falling of the Grain : VII. From the Summer of the Flesh 40
The Falling of the Grain : VIII. Past Solstice 56
The Falling of the Grain : IX. Advent 58
The Screed of the Flesh 59
The Screed of the Sand 67
The Screed of the Frost 70
A Canticle to the Waterbirds 77
The Encounter 80
A Penitential Psalm 81
Hospice of the Word 82
A Jubilee for St. Peter Martyr 85
The Mate-Flight of Eagles 88
A Savagery of Love 88
The Cross Tore a Hole 94
The Month of the Dead 108
A Canticle to the Christ in the Holy Eucharist 109
The South Coast 112
Annul in Me My Manhood 113
Out of the Ash 115
River-Root / A Syzygy 119
Jacob and the Angel 151
All the Way to Heaven 155
A Siege of Silence 157
Passion Week 158
Zone of Death 159
What Birds Were There 160
Saints 162
You, God 167
A Frost Lay White on California 169
I Am Long Weaned 176
In the Breach 177
Sleep-Tossed I Lie 178
The Word 179
Black Christ 180
A Canticle to the Great Mother of God 184
In All These Acts 188
God Germed in Raw Granite 190
The Song the Body Dreamed in the Spirit's Mad Behest 192
The Hazards of Holiness : I. The Beheading of John the Baptist 195
The Hazards of Holiness : II. Judith and Holofernes 198
The Conversion of St. Paul 203
The Last Crusade 209
In Savage Wastes 220
The Poet is Dead 229
Missa Defunctorum 237
Missa Sanctorum 239
Prologue 243
The Way of Life and the Way of Death 245
The Kiss of the Cross 249
Immortal Strangeness 257
The Canticle of the Rose 271
The Rose of Solitude 281
On the Thorn 283
The Underlying Torsion 296
The Vision of Felicity 297
I Eat Life Back 298
From the Rock Untombed 299
The Raging of the Rose 304
The Face I Know 311
The Afterglow of the Rose 317
Epilogue 319
Epilogue: Who Is She That Looketh Forth as the Morning 323
Afterword: The Flesh of Divinity - "River-Root" and The Veritable Years 329
App. A A Selection of Uncollected and Unpublished Poems
Sodom Went Down 348
In Youth I Fell 350
Out of the Multitudinous Sin 352
Sin Is the Will in Action 354
A Fragment for the Birth of God 356
A Night Restless with Wind 357
What Is the Way of Death? 360
The Mass Begins 362
Compliance of the Will : II. Soul and Self 366
The Massacre of the Holy Innocents : [I] II. The Thing Regarded as Contradiction 371
The Massacre of the Holy Innocents II. The Thing Regarded as Contradiction [Revised] 375
One Fragment for God 382
No. No. 383
Boneless, and of No Bone Made 384
Original Sin 386
The Tar Pits 388
Help Me O God 389
Out of Thy Body I Am Fed 391
Babed on Thy Breast 392
The Sarabande of the Rose 393
The Scruff 394
App. B William Everson, Biographical Statement and Chronology 397
Index of Titles 409
Index of First Lines 411
The Principal Publications of William Everson 413
About the Editors & Contributors 417
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2000

    The religious verse of Brother Antoninus

    The Veritable Years is the second volume in The Crooked Lines of God: A Life Trilogy, the collected poems of William Everson. This volumes includes Everson's published and unpublished verse composed between 1948 and 1966. From 1951 to 1969 Everson was a member of the Dominican Order of preachers and friars. During this time he wrote highly lyrical and passionate religious verse under his Dominican name, Brother Antoninus. His poem, 'A Canticle to the Waterbirds' is one of the finest religious poems ever written by an American. One has to go back to Francis Thompson and Gerard Manley Hopkins for comparisons. According to Stanford University's Albert Gelpi, Everson (Brother Antoninus) was the greatest religious poet of the second half of the twentieth century, having succeeded T. S. Eliot, whom Gelpi regarded as the finest religious poet of the first half of the century. In 1969 Everson left the Dominican Order and returned to the secular world. He married Susanna Rickson and adopted her son Jude. In 1971 he took the position of Poet in Residence at Kresge College at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He retired in 1981 and continued writing until he died at his home at Kingfisher Flat in June 1994. The poems of the 1966-1994 period are published in Volume 3, The Integral Years. They are secular in theme, meditative in tone, and celebrate romantic love and nature. Everson's early work, influenced by Robinson Jeffers and celebrating the beauty of nature in the San Joaquin Valley, is included in The Residual Years, Volume 1 of the trilogy, poems 1934-1948. The trilogy was planned by Everson during his lifetime and brought to completion posthumously by Everson's longtime friends Allan Campo and Bill Hotchkiss who served as contributing and text editors on the project. The trilogy is a magnificent monument to one of the country's greatest poets.

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