The Greatest Living Catholicish Writer of Verse Is No Longer…


“The main thing is to write for the joy of it. Cultivate a work-lust that imagines its haven like your hands at night, dreaming the sun in the sunspot of a breast. You are fasted now, light-headed, dangerous. Take off from here. And don’t be so earnest.”


for Seamus

When you close your new eyes on old ceilings,
You would perhaps dream, my son, pilgrim dreams
And lights behind your lids will shoot like tracers.

Through star fields and Spanish architecture
You would perhaps dream your body’s floating
And squibs of light sear your lids like comet trails.

But as you close your new eyes on these old days,
A light beyond sleep hints at what is to come,
Wants you to go. Will you wait for us to catch up?

*I wrote this for my son (yes, named after the poet) when he was born – but seems appropriate here too.



  1. That poem is lovely, Job.


  2. I very much like “Lights behind your lids.”

  3. Jonathan Webb says

    Potter is the last of the greats. Like Roth.

  4. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says
  5. Jonathan Webb says

    “Churn” is Irish for whiskey. In fact so is “confessional box,” “confirmation suit” and “experience.” In fact, the word “Irish” is Irish for whiskey.

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