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Metaphysical Athlete
By (author): Leif Vaage
9781987872231 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / General Sep 01, 2019
$20.00 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.32 in 96 pages Quattro Books Quattro Fiction
This book "plays" with Christian scripture toward a specifically meta-physical description of the experience of G-d not unlike - though perhaps only in this regard - Leonard Cohen's Book of Longing. It also takes up doctrinal foci and liturgical forms historically important for Christian thinking, including Augustine's Confessions, Luther's Small Catechism, the topos of Christology, Karl Barth's Dogmatik im Grundriss, the O-antiphons of Advent, Augustine's City of God. Under the aegis of the athlete as traditional model for the Christian ascetic's struggle to know a truth beyond the reality of this world, at least as currently constituted, the sequence of poems in Metaphysical Athlete traces a certain "pilgrim's progress" through the known world into "the other world hidden in its place."

Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada; post-secondarily educated around the USA (Portland, Oregon; Valparaiso, Indiana; Columbus, Ohio; Claremont, California); re-educated in Lima, Peru; academically appointed (without anointment) at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto; metaphysically translated to Guysborough, Nova Scotia, including small-motor repair, white-knuckled sailing and the resurrection of dead real-estate (still awaiting eschatological consummation); currently suspended in the middle of a phased retirement; grandfather utterly without parental backbone.

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