And the Risen Bread : Selected and New Poems 1957-97
And the Risen Bread is a culmination of forty years of poetry by the late American Jesuit and activist Daniel Berrigan. Beginning with poems written on bucolic themes, the book moves to those dealing with the struggle against war. Included are poems written from courtrooms and jail cells, as well as religious poems which include the doubt and difficulty that arise from the many horrors of our world today.
- Hardback | 418 pages
- 152 x 229 x 28.45mm | 766.57g
- 01 May 1998
- Fordham University Press
- New York, United States
Back cover copy
And the Risen Bread is a harvest of forty years of poetry by Daniel Berrigan. Beginning with poems written largely on biblical themes, the book moves on to reflect the increasingly experiential inspiration of Berrigan's poetry - poems written from the front lines of the struggle for peace and justice, poems from the courtroom and the prison cell, and finally, poems of harsh but hopeful reflection.
"Because of politics, or perhaps religion, Berrigan has never received his due as a poet. Jesuit and activist, he's been writing poems from rectories, safe houses, and jail cells for more than 40 years? 14 volumes' worth, much of it collected here. The range of these poems may surprise, going well beyond politics and religion, but Berrigan is about engagement. He's often defiant and in-your-face, but his poetry is tempered, honest, and sure: "no/ horse thieves, poachers,/ informers in our blood! Nicked by his razor Dado/ muttered in the mirror; the blood of Irish kings!/ Mother at the stove, turns up her eyes to heaven." His love of country and church is apparent, as is his occasional frustration with both; it is his engagement with the world, though, that makes him a poet worth our attention. Highly recommended. * -Library Journal *
About Daniel Berrigan
Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016) was author of fourteen volumes of poetry. His first volume of poetry, Time Without Number (1957) whose publication occurred at the suggestion of poet Marianne Moore, was nominated for the National Book Award and awarded the prestigious Lamant Prize for Poetry by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.