The World Is Charged

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The World Is Charged

Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins

Clemson University Press


June 16th, 2016



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The discovery of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poetry in the twentieth century was a revelation for postwar poets, who discovered in both Hopkins’s style and subject matter a voice seemingly bottled for their own time. This influence has not faded in the twenty-first century; in fact, it has grown all the more pervasive as poets from many backgrounds and nations have found, in the voice of this nineteenth-century Jesuit, a revolutionary way of addressing contemporary concerns relating to human imagination, ecology, “green” ethics, the role of art, and individual spirituality. The poets collected in The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins engage with Hopkins in diverse ways. Some mention Hopkins or address some aspect of his life. Others channel his innovative poetics or address important Hopkinsian themes. All demonstrate the centrality of his influence in contemporary poetry. Unfortunately, critics have mostly neglected the importance of Hopkins as a contemporary model, instead pinning his influence to the early twentieth century. In a climate where high modernism, Whitmanic free verse, and the confessional lyric are often held up as contemporary poetry’s dominant forerunners, this book proposes a more complex genealogy, tracing back to Hopkins and his influential early admirers current strands of emotional and spiritual openness, pleasure in word play and sonic textures, and veneration of the dynamic material world.

Author Information

Daniel Westover is author of R. S. Thomas: A Stylistic Biography (University of Wales Press, 2011) and co-editor of The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins (Clemson University Press, 2016). Daniel earned an MFA from McNeese State University and a PhD from the University of Wales, Bangor. He lives in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he is Associate Professor of English at East Tennessee State University. William Wright is Writer in Residence, University of Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Win Bassett26
The Kings of Missoula26
Libby Bernardin27
And the Great White Pelicans27
Allen Braden28
Taboo against the Word Beauty, Ornithological Version on Aesthetic Theory29
Bearded Barley30
Steven Collier Brown 31
The Bowerbirds31
The Small Bang32
Robin Chapman 33
Dappled Things33
Morri Creech 37
The Language of Pastoral37
At Buck Hall39
Carolyn Creedon41
Pied Beauty41
Philip Dacey 42
A Dream of Hopkins42
A Simple Garden Ladder43
The Sleep45
Meg Day 47
Ghazal for My Selves, as Samson & Delilah47
Aubade for One Still Uncertain of Being Born48
R. H. W. Dillard 49
Curtal Sonnet (with an Admonition)49
Lynn Domina 50
Confession to Hopkins50
Georgia Edwards 51
Come to Me51
Desmond Egan 52
Hopkins in Kildare52
John Freeman 54
August Green: A Baptism54
Birds at Dawn55
Alice Friman 56
The Acolyte56
Taylor Graham 57
To a Young Poet Resisting Hopkins57
Jesse Graves 58
Eve Grubin 60
Date 60
Luke Hankins 61
All Fall Long61
Maryanne Hannan 62
Strife 62
Jeff Hardin 63
The Bounds of Belief63
The Mind and Soul Growing Wide Withal65
David Havird67
The Horse on Zennor Hill67
Ava Leavell Haymon69
The Tao of Alphabet69
Winter Mother70
Jane Hicks71
My Second-Grade Teacher Reads Us Gerard Manley Hopkins71
Jan D. Hodge72
A.M.: Her Lone Spark Dying72
Thomas Alan Holmes73
Jay Hopler74
That Necessary Evil74
The End of the Happy Hours75
Ron Houchin76
One Wet Wednesday Afternoon76
Joan Houlihan77
By Eye-slit77
Come on the Cold78
No Fire79
Would Come Back80
James Clinton Howell81
River, Dissolution81
Rebecca Gayle Howell82
Four Common Prayers82
Kimberly Johnson84
Pater Noster84
Spring Again85
A Psalm of Ascents86
John Lane88
Poinsett’s Bridge88
Keagan Lejeune89
Gwyneth Lewis90
The Telegraph Baby90
Red Kites at Tregaron91
Ed Madden92
Saint’s finger, Hill of Slane93
In the absence of a contract94
Maurice Manning95
Ten Penny95
Red Bird, Black Sky96
The Tabernacle of Love97
Amit Majmudar98
Instructions to an Artisan98
The Christ-Frost100
Horse Apocalypse101
Sandra Marchetti103
Migration Theory103
Never-Ending Birds104
Paul Mariani105
Hopkins in Ireland105
Epitaph for the Journey106
Christopher Martin108
Parable of the Red-Tailed Hawks108
Mariana McDonald109
Ashley Anna McHugh110
What to Tell the Girl110
Lucien Darjeun Meadows112
Finding Home by Taste, by Fire112
Winter Solstice113
Philip Metres114
Elegy for D.S.115
Susan Laughter Meyers116
Praise Song for Nikky Finney116
Maren O. Mitchell118
Breath and Bread118
Meredith Moench119
I Waked and Fell119
Robert Morgan120
Maple Gall120
Aspen Song122
Left Behind123
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell124
Hawk in the Bronx124
Melissa Range125
The Canary125
Christ Imagined as Cavalry Commander127
October Trees128
Prayer to the Birds129
Ron Rash130
Dylan Thomas130
The Corpse Bird131
Speckled Trout132
Fall Creek133
Janeen Pergrin Rastall134
Fossil Hunting at the Quarry134
Joshua Robbins135
A Question of Ear136
The Mercy Seat137
Don Share138
Derek Sheffield140
Ornithology 101140
Prayer with Fur142
Prayer with Game143
Mark Smith-Soto144
Collateral Damage144
Cheryl Stiles145
These Fatals145
Mary Szybist147
Via Negativa147
In Tennessee I Found a Firefly148
Knocking or Nothing149
R. K. R. Thornton151
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)151
Pimone Triplett152
A Local Landfill's Invitation to Trash Left on the Moon152
Damian Walford Davies155
Daniel Westover158
Margaret’s Reply159
Katharine Whitcomb160
Sea Journal160
Sarah Ann Winn161
The Baker Falls for Hopkins161
John Wood162
A Sestina for Mishima162
Η Ποιητική163
William Kelley Woolfit164
Meditation on the Hands of a Boy Miner164
The Acolyte165
Boy with Kite166
Charles Wright167
Jesuit Graves167
There Is a Balm in Gilead168
William Wright169
Michelle in Rain169
A Path through Walnut Trees after Rain170
Aubade for Yellow Jacket171