John in the Company of Poets

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John in the Company of Poets

The Gospel in Literary Imagination

By Thomas Gardner

Baylor University Press, Hardcover, 9781602583153, 222pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 2011


Thomas Gardner artistically describes Jesus "the Word made flesh" as a poem penned by God for the world, and John author of the Fourth Gospel as the poem's interpreter. John's structural patterns, repetitions, and narrative interventions invite readers to experience for themselves the beauty of the divine poem. "John in the Company of Poets" deepens this invitation by re-imagining the biblical text through the eyes of such artists as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Wendell Berry, and T. S. Eliot, offering a literary reading of the Gospel based upon their powerful poetic replies. Poets are our best readers, contends Gardner, and his deft analysis forges a fresh path into the issues and tensions of John's Gospel.

About the Author
Thomas Gardner is Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech. He is the author of, among other works, "A Door Ajar: Contemporary Writers and Emily Dickinson"; "Jorie Graham: Essays on the Poetry"; and "Regions of Unlikeness: Explaining Contemporary Poetry." He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.