The book uses many of Deane’s best-loved poems to help chart this development and works towards the origins and completion of a sequence of poems that face directly the question Christ asked: Who do you say that I am? Deane’s answer is in a sequence of poems, published here for the first time, “According to Lydia”. The route to a contemporary Christian faith takes in memories of his time on Achill Island, in the novitiate in Tipperary and the seminary in Kimmage, Dublin, as well as his encounter with the work of Teilhard de Chardin, priest and anthropologist, and the poetry of the Nobel Prize-winning Swedish writer, Tomas Tranströmer. Through his founding of Poetry Ireland, he met and became a friend of the late Denise Levertov, poet and convert to Christianity.
The work also examines the continuation of faith after the death of Deane’s brother, Declan, who had become a Jesuit and died in Pleasant Hill in California. Several of the pieces included here were first heard as Sunday Miscellany pieces of RTÉ radio, and published in such journals as “The Furrow” and “Irish Pages”. The whole offers one person’s pursuit of faith through a personal response to the name and nature of Jesus Christ, a faith that would be possible, even essential, in this age of un-faith and economic determinacy.
A Faith & Poetry Memoir
John F. Deane
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