Burned Down & Out

Stealing Fatima
Frank X. Gaspar
Counterpoint, $15.95, 416 pp.

In a passage toward the end of Frank X. Gaspar’s Stealing Fatima, a wintry dawn on Cape Cod reveals an astonishing sight: within the ruins of a church recently destroyed by fire, a pristine statue of Our Lady of Fatima stands on a mound of cinders, a gleam of color “among the gray and cheerless arabesques of ice.” Missing from the parish for decades, the statue has suddenly reappeared, unblemished by the lost years. The mysteries of this morning lie at the heart of Gaspar’s lyrical...

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About the Author

David Impastato is a freelance writer, editor of Upholding Mystery: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Poetry (Oxford University Press), and co-founder of Poetry Retreats: Reading Poetry for Spiritual Growth.

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