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New Poems (Paraclete Poetry)

Scott Cairns


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Anaphora, the repetition of a word or phrase, draws our attention in new ways to the repeated term, and can lead us to moments of epiphany. In Eucharistic settings, anaphora also indicates the specific liturgical moment when the bread and wine are consecrated, becoming what the Eastern Church calls “the Holy Mysteries.” Cairns’ use of anaphora invites us to see words as doing more than naming, more than serving as arrows pointing to prior substance, but acquiring substance of their own.

Praise For Anaphora: New Poems (Paraclete Poetry)

“Here is a deft and beautiful collection: poetry as incantation, poetry as both wound and cure. These poems do more than point beyond themselves, for sometimes, in their soft repeated summons, they become the thing they point to.” —Malcolm Guite

Paraclete Press, 9781612618388, 112pp.

Publication Date: July 23, 2019

About the Author

Librettist, essayist, translator, and author of nine poetry collections, Scott Cairns is Professor of English and Director of the Low-Residency MFA Program at Seattle Pacific University. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and both have been anthologized in multiple editions of Best American Spiritual Writing. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and the Denise Levertov Award in 2014.