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I have a book review of Paternity, Scott Owens new poetry book, up at The New Book Review.

Paternity is available at Main Street Rag.

This review was first published in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

Merton’s Voice:

Our spiritual attitude, our way of seeking peace and perfection, depends entirely on our concept of God. If we are able to believe he is truly our loving Father, if we can really accept the truth of his infinite and compassionate concern for us, if we believe that he loves us not because we are worthy but because we need his love, then we can advance with confidence.

Merton, Thomas, Life and Holiness, New York: Image Books, 1963, p. 31


The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. (NRSV Ps 145: 8-9)