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Magnificat (1994) [Collection]
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Magnificat is less a collection of individual poems than it is a dramatic narrative composed along the single centering line of a voice that is intimate and conversational, warm and humorous - and yet also capable of a breathtaking level of passion. Many of the poems center on a man, a contemporary of the poet whom she knew and fell in love with when they were university students, but who has since become a Benedictine monk. In contemplating what her friend's spiritual life means to him, Waniek embarks on a spiritual quest of her own. The section called Plain Songs contains poems in which Waniek reflects on the small ways in which her life is blessed, even down to the joy of receiving an unexpected letter from a long-lost friend. A section of subtle, humorous poems modeled after the ancient Sayings of the Desert Fathers reveals the pithy wisdom of a monk Waniek calls Abba Jacob. Here is Abba Jacob's response when asked to confirm that a series of unlikely occurrences were miraculous:. Big deal, said Abba Jacob. Miracles happen all the time. We're here, aren't we? Miraculous may be the word readers will choose to describe Magnificat. It is at once a spiritual book about human love and a human book about spiritual love.

Contents
I. Lost and Found
- Letter to a Benedictine Monk
- Compline
- Lost and Found
II. Plain Songs
- Incomplete Renunciation
- Prayer on the Wing
- Psalm
- Tell Me a Story
- The Dream's Wisdom
- Matins (2:30 A.M.)
- Dusting
- Enigma Variations
- Gloria
- Palm Psalm
- The Prayer of Silence
III. A Desert Father
- The Fruit of Faith
- Abba Jacob and Miracles
- Abba Jacob's Aside on Hell
- Abba Jacob and the Theologian
- Abba Jacob and the Businessman
- Abba Jacob and St. Francis
- Purgatory
- Abba Jacob's Seven Devils
- Abba Jacob and the Angel
- Free Lunch
- Hog Heaven
- Abba Jacob and the Muse
- Solitude as Soweto
- The Bread of Desire
- Abba Jacob at Bat
- Abba Jacob Gets Down
- A Canticle for Abba Jacob
- Lovesong
- Everyday Holiness
IV. Ordinary Time
- The War of the Heart
- Payday Evening at My Desk
- The Sacrament of Poverty
- Valentine for a Bereaved Bride
- Epithalamium and Shivaree
- The Plotinus Suite
    I. No Jazz
    II. Behind a Descartes Bumpersticker
    III. To San Francisco
    IV. The Jesus Prayer
    V. Prayer of Singing Joy
    VI. Hermitage Breakfast
    VII. Sneak Preview
    VIII. The True Magic
    IX. Parable of the Moth
    X. Ennead I. vi.
    XI. Union Apprehended
    XII. Icarus Dream

Original title: Magnificat: Poems
Original languages: English

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Genre: PoetryVerseReligious And Inspirational


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Magnificat (1994)
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Language: English

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Magnificat (1994)


ISBN: 0807119210

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