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The author of the book: Scott Cairns
Edition: Paraclete Press
Date of issue: February 1st 2014
ISBN: 1612615155
ISBN 13: 9781612615158
Language: English
Format files: PDF
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When you read this little book of poems, two things happen.

First, you find yourself caught up with Cairns in a striving and reaching, a sort of grasping for something more - a deeper meaning, “a glistening, a quality, a presence of light” that seems, with the help of these poems, to just be almost ... there. The enthusiasm in his poetry for trying to understand the deeper meanings of things, of words, and of feeling is infectious. He makes words mean more. He makes ideas go farther than you would think they could go. And then he tells you with his poetry that this is just the beginning. For example:

“And if the tribal dialect has yet to be
sufficiently restored,

and if the pique and pallor of the public
discourse yet continues

to obscure and to efface without the merest
tremor of chagrin, one

might nonetheless resolve to hold the line within,
whenever possible ...”

Second, the entire book of Psalms in Scripture itself will be, even if only a little, changed for you. There is something about Cairns modernized new psalms (along with the instructions “accompanied by Jew’s harp,” “accompanied by baying hounds,” “whispered mid the Philistines, beneath the breath,” etc.) that seems to open up what psalms are really meant for. You’ll understand, just a little better, why and what psalms CAN mean.

I closed this book feeling humbled and just a little ashamed that I spend so much time doing and reading and thinking things that have so little to do with what matters.

“... How long has glib presumption kept us both
unschooled and pleased with our elaborate
unschooling? ...”

I don’t quite see how anyone could read this little book without suddenly looking wide eyed around them and also suddenly savoring every syllable and rhythm of spoken language.

Thank you, Mr. Cairns.


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