Pilgrim's Gait

Pilgrim's Gait

by David Craig

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Pilgrim's Gait by David Craig

In the last twenty years, Orthodox Catholics have come to expect their art to be necessarily about beauty. They expect it always and everywhere to lift one up, to be tinged with, to linger in the dimly-lit rooms of old-moneyed Europe, to be passed around among the best families, among like-minded gnostics, generous Jansenists. But these expectations have nothing to do with reality. In fact, most of the real contributions during the postmodern period have come from blue-collar poets--influenced by the Beats. A line can be drawn from Kerouac to Karr, with Merton, Everson, Levertov, Dylan, Berrigan, Cohen, Springsteen, Mariani, Waits, Wright, and Daniels tracing the way. This book celebrates that line, one that Holy Father Francis would surely endorse.

""Pilgrim's Gait is a multi-faceted, comic, Beat-like, dizzying pilgrim's progress in which two, three, and four roads (and more) diverge and we are taken down all of them. . . Craig invites us to follow him as he slogs and dances on in his own inimitable gait--equal parts St. Francis and Jack Kerouac--in a language which points beyond language to a vision with heaven's gate in view.""
--Paul Mariani, Poet, Professor of English, Boston College

David Craig has taught Creative Writing at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where, for twenty-seven years, it has been his good fortune to labor in the salt mines of art with so many outstanding students. He cannot repay what they have given him. This is his twenty-first book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498225564
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 06/10/2015
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David Craig has taught Creative Writing at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where, for twenty-seven years, it has been his good fortune to labor in the salt mines of art with so many outstanding students. He cannot repay what they have given him. This is his twenty-first book.

Table of Contents

"Moment of Conscience" 2

Lourdes 5

The Santa Fe Staircase (Tour) 7

Fake Apparition 9

The Madonna's House 12

From the Assidua of St. Anthony 82

1 Here Begins the Prologue to the Life of Blessed Anthony 82

2 Concerning the City of Blessed Anthony 84

3 How He Entered the Order of St. Augustine 86

4 How He Progressed in Virtue and Learning in Coimbra 88

5 How, Moved by the Desire of Martyrdom, Blessed Anthony Entered the Order of Friars Minor and Concerning His Change of Name 89

6 How He Went to Morocco and Concerning His Return 91

7 How He Came to Romagna and How He Lived There 93

8 How His Learning was Noted by the Friars 95

9 Concerning His Preaching in Romagna and on the Conversion of Heretics 97

10 Concerning His Fame and the Efficacy of His Preaching 99

11 How He Came to Padua and Preached There 101

12 Concerning the Devil's Persecution and the Miracle of Light 103

13 Concerning the Paduans' Devotion and the Results of His Preaching 105

14 How He Foretold His Own Death 107

15 Concerning the Cell He Asked to be Built in the Nut Tree 109

The Beat Catholic Line 111

Prathalamion 112

Last Acid 117

Love at 2,700 Miles 119

Notes 123

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