The World Is Charged

Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins

Daniel Westover and William Wright

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ISBN: 9781942954200

Publication: June 16, 2016

Series: Clemson University Press

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The discovery of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poetry in the twentieth century was a revelation for postwar poets, who discovered in both Hopkins’s style and subject matter a voice seemingly bottled for their own time. This influence has not faded in the twenty-first century; in fact, it has grown all the more pervasive as poets from many backgrounds and nations have found, in the voice of this nineteenth-century Jesuit, a revolutionary way of addressing contemporary concerns relating to human imagination, ecology, “green” ethics, the role of art, and individual spirituality. The poets collected in The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins engage with Hopkins in diverse ways. Some mention Hopkins or address some aspect of his life. Others channel his innovative poetics or address important Hopkinsian themes. All demonstrate the centrality of his influence in contemporary poetry. Unfortunately, critics have mostly neglected the importance of Hopkins as a contemporary model, instead pinning his influence to the early twentieth century. In a climate where high modernism, Whitmanic free verse, and the confessional lyric are often held up as contemporary poetry’s dominant forerunners, this book proposes a more complex genealogy, tracing back to Hopkins and his influential early admirers current strands of emotional and spiritual openness, pleasure in word play and sonic textures, and veneration of the dynamic material world.

Daniel Westover is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in English, East Tennessee State University.

William Wright is Writer in Residence, University of Tennessee.


Win Bassett
The Kings of Missoula

Libby Bernardin
And the Great White Pelicans

Allen Braden
Taboo against the Word Beauty, Ornithological Version on Aesthetic Theory
Bearded Barley

Steven Collier Brown
The Bowerbirds
The Small Bang Robin Chapman
Dappled Things

Morri Creech
The Language of Pastoral
At Buck Hall

Carolyn Creedon
Pied Beauty

Philip Dacey
A Dream of Hopkins
A Simple Garden Ladder
The Sleep

Meg Day
Ghazal for My Selves, as Samson & Delilah
Aubade for One Still Uncertain of Being Born

R. H. W. Dillard
Curtal Sonnet (with an Admonition)

Lynn Domina
Confession to Hopkins

Georgia Edwards
Come to Me

Desmond Egan
Hopkins in Kildare

John Freeman
August Green: A Baptism
Birds at Dawn

Alice Friman
The Acolyte

Taylor Graham
To a Young Poet Resisting Hopkins

Jesse Graves

Eve Grubin

Luke Hankins
All Fall Long

Maryanne Hannan

Jeff Hardin
The Bounds of Belief
The Mind and Soul Growing Wide Withal

David Havird
The Horse on Zennor Hill

Ava Leavell Haymon
The Tao of Alphabet
Winter Mother

Jane Hicks
My Second-Grade Teacher Reads Us Gerard Manley Hopkins

Jan D. Hodge
A.M.: Her Lone Spark Dying

Thomas Alan Holmes

Jay Hopler
That Necessary Evil
The End of the Happy Hours

Ron Houchin
One Wet Wednesday Afternoon

Joan Houlihan
By Eye-slit
Come on the Cold
No Fire
Would Come Back

James Clinton Howell
River, Dissolution

Rebecca Gayle Howell
from Four Common Prayers

Kimberly Johnson
Pater Noster
Spring Again
A Psalm of Ascents

John Lane
Poinsett’s Bridge

Keagan LeJeune

Gwyneth Lewis
The Telegraph Baby
Red Kites at Tregaron

Ed Madden
Saint’s finger, Hill of Slane
In the absence of a contract

Maurice Manning
Ten Penny
Red Bird, Black Sky
The Tabernacle of Love

Amit Majmudar
Instructions to an Artisan
The Christ-Frost
Horse Apocalypse

Sandra Marchetti
Migration Theory
Never-Ending Birds

Paul Mariani
Hopkins in Ireland
Epitaph for the Journey

Christopher Martin
Parable of the Red-Tailed Hawks

Mariana McDonald

Ashley Anna McHugh
What to Tell the Girl

Lucien Darjeun Meadows
Finding Home by Taste, by Fire
Winter Solstice

Philip Metres
Elegy for D.S.

Susan Laughter Meyers
Praise Song for Nikky Finney

Maren O. Mitchell
Breath and Bread

Meredith Moench
I Waked and Fell

Robert Morgan
Maple Gall
Aspen Song
Left Behind

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell
Hawk in the Bronx

Melissa Range
The Canary
Christ Imagined as Cavalry Commander
October Trees
Prayer to the Birds

Ron Rash
Dylan Thomas
The Corpse Bird
Speckled Trout
Fall Creek

Janeen Pergrin Rastall
Fossil Hunting at the Quarry

Joshua Robbins
A Question of Ear
The Mercy Seat

Don Share

Derek Sheffield
Ornithology 101
Prayer with Fur
Prayer with Game

Mark Smith-Soto
Collateral Damage

Cheryl Stiles
These Fatals

Mary Szybist
Via Negativa
In Tennessee I Found a Firefly
Knocking or Nothing

R. K. R. Thornton
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

Pimone Triplett
A Local Landfill’s Invitation to Trash Left on the Moon

Damian Walford Davies

Daniel Westover
Margaret’s Reply

Katharine Whitcomb
Sea Journal

Sarah Ann Winn
The Baker Falls for Hopkins

John Wood
A Sestina for Mishima
Η Ποιητική

William Kelley Woolfitt
Meditation on the Hands of a Boy Miner
The Acolyte
Boy with Kite

Charles Wright
Jesuit Graves
There Is a Balm in Gilead

William Wright
Michelle in Rain
A Path through Walnut Trees after Rain
Aubade for Yellow Jacket



Format: Paperback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

164 Pages

ISBN: 9781942954200

Publication: June 16, 2016

Series: Clemson University Press

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