Encouraging Catholic writers to renovate and reoccupy their own tradition.
Dana Gioia is a poet and critic. The former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, he is currently the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California.
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” I was already an old man when I was born. Small with a curved back, he dragged his leg when walking the streets of Copenhagen. “Little Kierkegaard,” they called him. Some meant it kindly. The more on
Now you'd be three, I said to myself, seeing a child born the same summer as you. Now you'd be six, or seven, or ten. I watched you grow in foreign bodies. Leaping into a pool, all laughter, or frowning over a keyboard, but mostly just standing, tal
A review of Pity the Beautiful
Dana Gioia Graywolf, 80 pages, $15 Dana Gioia is one of those poets known more for his criticism and service than his own poetry. His essay “Can Poetry Matter?,” published in the Atlantic in 1991, turned more than a few heads for arguing that poetry had wro
More than any other American poet today, Richard Wilbur teaches us to open ourselves to wonder.
Dana Gioia, who bids himself to have one day a claim to the distinction, has written that “Wilbur is America’s preeminent living Christian poet.” Wilbur’s unfussy residence within this distinctive aspect of the American heritage would by itself have seemed to
The new presidents of King’s College Baylor, and Catholic University map their strategies
Dana Gioia; the writings of Shusako Endo, Flannery O’Connor, and Mary Karr; the philosophy of Augustine and Alasdair MacIntyre—that sets them apart and marks the Catholic intellectual tradition. At Catholic universities we strive to provide students with the
Dana Gioia—a former vice president of General Foods who has proved himself a major figure on the American poetry scene, helping to lead the New Formalist fights of the 1980s and 1990s before chairing the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009. But
Dana Gioia’s haunting poem, “Majority” (December 2009), is a simple and elegant example of the way art can outdistance polemics. I am reminded of the story about Abraham Lincoln’s being introduced to the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe. “So,
The Public Square
Dana Gioia, and all the way to the Australian Les Murray. Under the long tenure of Jill Baumgaertner, First Things tended toward modern free verse in the burgeoning Christianity and the Arts movement. Under more recent editors, it has tended toward plucking th
On the Square
Sep 29, 2011 12:05am
Dana Gioia said of Menashe that he “is essentially a religious poet, though one without an orthodox creed. Nearly every poem he has ever published radiates a heightened religious awareness.” Samuel liked people who liked his poetry, it’s safe to say. Materia
Nov 19, 2009 5:35am
Dana Gioia, his first new publication in some time—together with new poetry from Sr. Lou Ella Hickman, Julie Stoner, Timothy Murphy, Rhina P. Espaillat, and Gail White. Shouldn’t you be having all this delivered to your doorstep? Shouldn’t you be subscribing?
Sep 30, 2008 12:00am
Dana Gioia, “a reliable and comprehensive overview of American reading today.” Its findings are devastating. Teenagers are increasingly tossing aside books for other activities and a startling percentage of young adults (nearly 60 percent) don’t bother to pick
Feb 19, 2008 12:00am
Dana Gioia, and the architectural historian Denis McNamara. The lecture is open to the public, with a reception to follow, so come if you’re in Washington and having nothing better to do on St. Patrick’s Day. The theme is a specific application to civil a
Dec 14, 2007 12:00am
Dana Gioiawhose own Hercules Furens is one of the best englishings we have of classical tragedyonce suggested that Wilbur's translations are so good, he ought to collect them for his fellow poets in a single volume, to be titled Look on My Works,
Dec 6, 2006 12:00am
Dana Gioia has a cruel, funny sestina about how all poetry students, assigned to write one, choose to write their sestinas about how hard it is to write sestinas. But the result is that the difference between good and bad may be larger in the sestina than in n
Nov 19, 2005 12:00am
Dana Gioia and I will weaken it, Baer nonetheless is having us both come in for one-day lectures during the workshop. If you know young Catholic writers, encourage them to apply through the website. If you are one of those young Catholic writers, the Southwell
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