Odd Angles of Heaven, edited by David Craig and Janet McCann
Some contemporary writers of poetry take to religion, searching for the feelings that might release their fine command of words. And some religious people take to writing poetry, searching for the words that might express their fine religious feelings. Unfortunately, neither aspiration is a sufficient cause of good writing, and so religious poetry today has a tendency to magnify the difficulty under which nearly all contemporary poetry labors: the writers cannot feel, and the feelers cannot write.
All the more reason, then, to look forward to a work entitled Odd Angles of Heaven: Contemporary Poetry by People of Faith. For this could be the book that breaks the mold, showing us how a group of major poets can work, via religion, to revive the prospects of English poetry itself. Unfortunately again, it does not.
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