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Catholic Culture Liturgical Living

Episode 57—River of the Immaculate Conception—James Matthew Wilson

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 03, 2019 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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James Matthew Wilson’s new cycle of poems, The River of the Immaculate Conception, is a reflection on the history of the Catholic faith in the Americas, from Juan Diego to Elizabeth Ann Seton. Its title is the name given to the Mississippi River by the missionary Fr. Marquette. James reads four of the seven poems, explains their relation to the recent Mass of the Americas which inspired them, and discusses the challenges and delights of poetic form.


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JMW’s recommended resources for aspiring poets:

Colosseum Summer Institute

James Matthew Wilson, The Fortunes of Poetry in an Age of Unmaking

William Baer, Writing Metrical Poetry: Contemporary Lessons for Mastering Traditional Forms

Timothy Steele, All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification

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