|About the Book|
Andrew M. Greeley, a priest ordained in the diocese of Chicago nearly four decades ago, has been a noted scholar for many years (a professor of social science at the University of Chicago and the author of scores of books in sociology) and has been aMoreAndrew M. Greeley, a priest ordained in the diocese of Chicago nearly four decades ago, has been a noted scholar for many years (a professor of social science at the University of Chicago and the author of scores of books in sociology) and has been a constant best-selling fiction writer since the publication of his first novel, The Cardinal Sins. He has also extended his fiction to include science fiction and detective stories. His mystery solver, Father Blacky, is reminiscent of G.K. Chestertons Father Brown. With his first major collection of poetry, Andrew M. Greeley takes his place among the priest poets of the Anglo/Roman tradition. Herein Father Greeley examines the sense of love (on all levels--sexual, social, and spiritual) from a variety of perspectives. He is satirical, spiritual, whimsical, surreal, tender with a capacity for love and friendship in the most profound sense of the Christian tradition, and at times even priestly. Above all, he is an Irish wit out of the tradition of the City of Big Shoulders. Essentially a formalist in style, he most often works in the sonnet form (as did many of his priest poet forebears--e.g., John Donne, George Herbert, and Gerard Manley Hopkins), though he is sometimes given to more open forms and even the haiku on occasion. Readers of these poems will find most particularly a celebration of the joy and absurdity of life, the gifts and quirks given to men and women, and the gifts they give to one another and to God. Above all, he celebrates the love relationship between God and his creatures on the levels of eros, philos, and agape.