leaves of water, new and selected poems, is Ralph Wright's sixth book of poetry. It contains twenty eight new poems and selected poems from 1978-1992. leaves of water again shows Wright as a poet of great distinction whose work can delight and surprise the reader with his keen eye for observation and subtle sense of humor, while being inspirational and spiritual in the very best sense of these words. His poems evoke images both beautiful and startling. His metaphors are perceptive, his use of rhyme natural. Wright's gift lies in the unity of word and idea that is the essence of poetry and is expressed so well in the title poem:
I wonder did
God think of leaves
the autumn trees
before he thought
of flakes of snow
leaves of water
they might have been
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Father Ralph Wright, O.S.B. was born in England in 1938. He graduated from Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, served in the British Army and then joined the monastery at Ampleforth. He obtained an M.A. from Oxford University in classics and philosophy and studied theology at Fribourg in Switzerland before being ordained a priest in 1970. Since 1970 he has a Benedictine monk at Saint Louis Abbey in St. Louis, Missouri. His poetry has been published in periodicals in both England and the United States. Ripples of Stillness, his first book of poems, was published in 1978. Father Ralph has taught classical languages and creative writing at Saint Louis Priory School. Until recently he has been a keen marathon runner and for over twenty years he coached Varsity tennis. Indeed his passion for tennis inspired "Thwack", one of the new poems in leaves of waterReview:
"All I can be is a reader! And of course I can read with special empathy because of my own writing.---It would take too long for me to list the lines that are especially beautiful---they speak my language, because of who I am, and among these are, "When You Receive", "Incompetence", "Since Babel God", "In Mememory of my Mother", "Guy" and "Dogma". These are just a few of my favorite ones and "our sins" is my favorite of all." -- Anne Porter, Author of "An Altogether Different Language"
"There is a remarkable presence in Wright's poetry, a spirit that permeates the pages. Hidden beneath the serenity of his poems there moves a force that calls his readers to quiet attention. And if we are careful enough readers and alert enough, within the stillness we will find the whispering of God and the loudness of life." -- Eddy Harris, Author of "Still Life in Harlem"
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Book Description Saint Louis Abbey, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0966210409