Forward & Backward

One quality of a Catholic poet is a heightened capacity to see—not just into the future, but into the past as well.

On this episode, poet Paul Mariani speaks with Commonweal contributor Anthony Domestico about his latest collection, All That Will Be New

Their discussion touches on a number of topics, including Mariani’s working-class upbringing in New York City, his love of the American idiom of William Carlos Williams, and the spirituality embedded in visual art. 

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“My poetry is an attempt at the American idiom, a living voice informed by the voices of so many others.”—Paul Mariani

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