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Poetry chronicle

Philip C. Kolin is one of the growing tribe of very fine Christian poets whose work has often been sequestered in the limited venues of independent publishers. His newest collection is a beautifully printed, small hardcover volume that fits comfortably in the palm of the hand. But these are not small or comfortable poems.

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Saint Sinatra and Other Poems, by Angela Alaimo O’Donnell

Angela O'Donnell's sassy poems are born of her deeply Catholic imagination. She builds a house of saints, canonized or not.

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A God in the House, edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Katherine Towler

Spring books

A striking and apt image enhances the cover of this new collection of interviews with 19 leading American poets. An antique chair sits half in shadow; its cane seat, crossed by a beam of light, filters bright intricacies onto the legs, the dowels, the timbered floor. The message here is illumination, from a source offstage.

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Poetic Theology, by William A. Dyrness

In Poetic Theology, William Dyrness tries to keep one eye on the historical conversation about art's theological value, one eye on the issues of the contemporary church, and one eye on the interests of art itself. As the metaphor implies, this project could make anyone dizzy.

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Grief and consolation

New Fields and Other Stories: On a Child's Death, by Saul Bennett

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Buried strangeness

Mayflies: New Poems and Translations, by Richard Wilbur

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The Poets' Jesus, by Peggy Rosenthal

Edwin Mims published The Christ of the Poets, an examination of images of Christ in English and American poetry, more than 50 years ago. The subject has not been touched by critics since that time, so Peggy Rosenthal's book, which attempts to fill in the gaps of a half century and also to reflect current multicultural interests, deserves special commendation.

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Words Alone: The Poet T. S. Eliot, by Denis Donoghue

Denis Donoghue describes his book as "partly a memoir, partly a study of Eliot's poetry." When the two parts come together his book moves with uncommon gracefulness.