Gabrielle's Horn

Gabrielle's Horn

by David Craig


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Gabrielle Bossis is a voice well worth listening to. Both Jesus and the Father come through in her He and I, suffusing the book with love and mercy (Catherine of Siena's "pazzo d'amore"). Through her locutions, we feel Jesus more intimately than we do during most of our own more prosaic lives. These poems attempt to play off those two things: what we know against the splendor of what has been revealed to her. They seek to celebrate Who this marvelous He is.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781725285576
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2020
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)

About the Author

David Craig is in his thirty-third year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he teaches creative writing, literature, and composition. This is his twenty-ninth book.

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“For lovers of poems, and lovers of God, who ‘seek the cross in the people we meet every day,’ I can’t recommend this book enough. Explore Gabrielle and then explore how David Craig puts her conversations with Jesus into our very lives. I feel less alone after reading these treasures, which I think is one of the highest compliments one can give a poet.”

––Tamara Horsburgh, adult Catholic convert, Glasgow, Scotland

“David Craig’s Gabrielle’s Horn—an inspiring response to Gabrielle Bossis’s He and I—powerfully moves between the everyday and the eternal. In profound and humbling meditations on life and mortality, the poet enters deeply into the French mystic’s inner conversations with Christ. ‘We always start with nothing. And that’s just the beginning,’ he reflects, expertly guiding us toward that greatest of intimacies: prayer. Tender, honest, and bold, these contemporary orisons lift us, support us, and ultimately transport us to the company of the Divine, where ‘Contemplation is a bird with golden hands,’ where ‘Grace is delivered to us in a kind of sign language.’ This is a collection for the bedside table. Keep it close; return to it often!”

––Marjorie Maddox, Professor of English and Creative Writing, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and author of Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation

“In putting the insights of He and I before us in the form of his poetic reflections, David Craig has done us a spiritual service that can well be described as ‘enchanting.’ I use the word enchanting because David notices things about our lives that often remain in the shadows of the mundane and puts them before us in a poetic form imbued by the heavenly perceptiveness of Gabrielle Bossis. The simple and guileless expectancy of David’s poetry can make us like little children, who again reach out for what lies beyond our narrow ‘grown-up’ horizon and perceive the startling presence of Jesus Christ. As with all of David’s poetry, forgiveness and understanding pervade the lines of every stanza, and one finds in his writing that friendly disposition most in need when we try to iron out the wrinkles of our frail lives.”

––Robert McNamara, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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