St. Peter’s B-list

Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints
Foreword by: Ron Hansen
Afterword by: James Martin, S.J.

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: March 24, 2014


This soul-stirring collection of more than one hundred poems—composed by a wide variety of contemporary award-winning poets—awakens readers to the beauty and humor in the broken, imperfect striving of the saints for holiness.

St. Peter's B-list features poems by Dana Gioia, Mary Karr, Paul Mariani, Brian Doyle, Franz Wright, Judith Valente, and Kate Daniels, as well as many new and emerging poets. This anthology invites readers to view the saints as they've never imagined them, reaching for the sacred, doubting, bumbling, and then trying again. The collection features wide-ranging poems on ordinary topics, such as a mother trying to get her newborn to fall asleep, an older brother concerned about the marriage of his sister, a lonely man trying to meet a woman in a bar, and a burn victim’s compassion for a small child. Neither devotional nor pious, these poems capture how, in unexpected ways, the saints illuminate daily life for everyday saints-in-the-making and engage readers in the important struggle to see the action of God in their lives.

Features & Benefits

  • The seventy poets in this anthology include such well-known writers as Franz Wright, James Tate, Brian Doyle, and Judith Valente.
  • The blogs, websites, and public readings of the seventy poets included in this collection will serve as a platform for both publicity and sales.
  • The popularity of such contemporary poets as Mary Oliver, John O’Donohue, and David Whyte and such classic writers as Rumi and Hafiz points to the interest in poetry as a source of spiritual reflection.

Product Details

Pages: 288

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594714740

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A treasure!”

    “This book is a treasure!”

    James Martin, S.J.
    Author of My Life with the Saints

  • “A lush and generous feast.”

    “A lush and generous feast of saint-inspired poems that both invite and challenge. A lovely collection!”

    Christine Valters Paintner
    Author of Eyes of the Heart

  • “True spiritual food.”

    “This lovely new anthology offers us true spiritual food, perfect for lectio divina. St. Peter's B-list proves that poems can indeed be prayers.”

    Paula Huston
    Author of Simplifying the Soul

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