Light at the Torn Horizon

Light at the Torn Horizon

by Paul Murray OP
Light at the Torn Horizon

Light at the Torn Horizon

by Paul Murray OP


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There is a fresh candor and a new ease of utterance in this fifth volume of poems by the Dominican writer Paul Murray. What most immediately impresses, in lyric after lyric, are the moments of quiet epiphany. But such moments of vision have not been easily achieved. Throughout the work, rather than avoid the “torn” and wounded areas of our lives, a range of feelings and experiences—unnamed, invading, threatening, desired—are courageously explored. In the end, the vision, the spiritual awareness that is attained, is the more persuasive and convincing for having first been tested. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781685780258
Publisher: Word on Fire
Publication date: 04/19/2022
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Fr. Paul Murray, OP, an Irish Dominican friar, lives in Rome, where he teaches courses on the literature of the Western mystical tradition at the Angelicum University. He is a Fellow of the Word on Fire Institute and has published many books, including St. Catherine of Siena: Mystic of Fire, Preacher of FreedomA Journey with Jonah: The Spirituality of BewildermentScars: Essays, Poems, and Meditations on AfflictionAquinas at Prayer: The Bible, Mysticism, and Poetry; and God’s Spies: Michelangelo, Shakespeare, and Other Poets of Vision

Table of Contents

A Reading 1

I The Shaken Branches

Weather 5

Source 6

Perspective 8

Questions 9

Naming 11

Fate 12

The Question 13

The Dying Poet 15

De la Musique 16

Interrogation 18

Survivors 20

The Origins 21

Praise 22

In the Forest 23

The Walk 24

II Look, There Is the Shore!

The Voice 27

Mountain 29

Wind 30

The Flourishing Shrub 31

The Believers 32

Beginnings 33

A Winter Story 34

Light Remembered 35

III The Wound of Longing

Noli me Tangere 39

Prayer 40

Divine Hide and Seek 41

O Merciful One 42

In the Future 43

Words of the Mystics 44

Lines for the Afflicted 45

Impossible Words 47

IV Days and Hours

The Choice 51

The Green Man 52

The Seeker 55

On Emptiness 56

To the Hidden God 57

The Hours 58

The Silence 59

The Visionaries of Non-Violence 60

Wound 61

The Failed Canticle 62

On Hayling Island 63

Legacy 64

Cezanne 65

Day to Day 66

Finishing a Poem 67

Days and Hours 68

Rilke's Imperative 69

The Animals' Messiah 70

Diogenes of Dublin 71

The Theatre of Joy 72

Canticle in Praise of Punctuation 73

V Into the Light

Hope Against Hope 79

Words for Siún 80

The Awakening 81

To a Friend Dying 82

Seeing the Waterfall 83

Address to the Lions 84

At the Edge 86

Night Song 87

Five Disguises of the Soul 88

Green Music 92

The Lost Time 93

Call 95

Paradise 96

Words 98

Afterword 99

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