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Psalter: A Sequence of Catholic Sonnets

William Baer

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In a fresh telling of biblical stories, William Baer takes us on a poetic journey through the Old and New Testament scriptures.

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In a fresh telling of biblical stories, William Baer takes us on a poetic journey through the Old and New Testament scriptures. These fifty-five masterfully rendered sonnets reflect a deep creative insight and symbolic significance that expands our appreciation and understanding of the familiar stories. Baer is a sonneteer at his very best in these unique and unforgettable poems.

These remarkable well-turned sonnets by William Baer are both faithful and fresh. They re-tell the old stories with an easy and lucid eloquence, often from surprising points of view, and always with a keen understanding.

—Richard Wilbur

The “hermeneutic of continuity” by which Pope Benedict wants to promote an uninterrupted tradition of excellence, should not be limited to the liturgy. It applies to all scholarship and art, including hymnody, metaphysical poetry, and spiritual writing. The poetry of William Baer is a distinguished example of this continuity and a model of how it should be done.

—Fr. George Rutler

William Baer has employed his renowned talent for writing immensely pleasurable lyric poetry both to honor God and to testify of His glory—as suggested by the collection’s guiding epigraph taken from Psalms 18:2: “Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei . . .” Following Davidic tradition, Psalter comprises a hymnal of gratitude for the grace of God, even in the midst of our troubled, secular age. In “Light of the World,” Baer reminds us that as “the hopeless darkness of the night” descends, there still shines the truthful way “through grace, through sacrifice, / into the luminescence of paradise.” Here is poetry of lasting truth, gathered into the most important book of religious verse since the posthumous publication of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Poems a century ago.

—Samuel Maio

Contents

Old Testament
I. The Pentateuch
Genesis
Snake
Eve
Adam
Sodom
Judah
Moses
Tetragrammaton
Pharaoh
Core

II. The Law
David
Endor
Solomon
Elijah
Naaman
Jezebel

III. The Writings
     Tobias
Job
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Daniel
Judas Maccabeus

New Testament
I. The Gospel
     Theotokos
Visitation
Wizard
Egypt
Centurion
Diabolos
Andrew
Cana
Love Your Enemies
The Narrow Gate
The Widow Of Niam
Sadducees
Eat My Flesh
Light Of The World
Who Are You?
Capharnaum
Peter
Hoc Est Corpus Meum
Iscariot
Psalter
Gethsemani
Procla
Barabbas
Eclipse
The Upper Room

II. Acts, Epistles, Revelation
     Ethiopian
Paul
Malta
Love
James
Lukewarm
Patmos
The New Jerusalem

About the Author

Authors

William Baer, is the author of sixteen books, including four collections of poetry. He has received numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. He is the founding co-editor of The Roman Catholic Arts Review.

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Reviews

These beautifully crafted sonnets not only recall the great events and major figures of the Bible and contemplate the divine mysteries in a fresh vision, but also render the expressive human voice and distinctive point of view that communicate the truth in word, tone, nuance, and depth.

The Wanderer

Faith has driven people for generations. "Psalter: A Sequence of Catholic Sonnets" is a collection of religious poetry in sonnet form as William Baer dedicates his faith with a certain drive and faith, and comes with love and spirit among it all. "Psalter" is a top pick for any Catholic who also has a taste for poetry, highly recommended.

—Midwest Book Review

Like Frost, Baer can be deceptively accessible, but these poems are subtle, keen, and insightful, and reward multiple readings. Baer is faithful and deep, and Psalter is a hymn of praise to the beauty of God’s redemptive work.

—New Oxford Review

Psalter would bring both delight and instruction to anyone interested in contemporary religious poetry written in traditional literary form. [...] As in the volume's title poem "Psalter," Baer has sung with both profound devotion and admirable poetic skill these fifty-five sonnet-psalms that make up his own "sacrifice of praise."

— David Middleton,
Modern Age,
2012

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