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Spanning thirty years and including selections from four of his previous five collections, Compass of Affection further enacts the poet’s longstanding engagement with language as revelation, and his insistence that poetry be understood less as an expression of what is already known, and more as a way of knowing. Observing these further developments, one comes to suspect that Cairns’ poems are no longer to be understood as discussions of theology, but as theology performed.
Praise for Scott Cairns’ work
“Scott Cairns [is] perhaps the most important and promising religious poet of his generation.”
“The voice of Cairns is conversational and coaxing—confiding in us secrets that seem to be our own.” —Publishers Weekly