Paul Mariani's work includes five biographies and seven volumes of poetry, as well as several critical studies of modern poetry and a spiritual memoir, Thirty Days. In 2009, he was awarded the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. He has been honored with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is University Professor of English at Boston College.
In Epitaphs for the Journey, Paul Mariani revisits forty years of writing poems, including revising many of his earlier lyrics, to shape his latest volume into a life lived and lived again over the past seven decades. The eight sections—or cantos—each composed of twelve poems, cover roughly a decade apiece and contour Mariani's search for answers to the constant interplay of the felt presence of the Mystery we call God as it plays with the modern imagination. Mariani's background is Catholic and broadly classic, and warmly embraces all aspects of Christianity and Judaism and the world even beyond those.
With engravings by Barry Moser.Epitaphs for the Journey: New, Selected, and Revised Poems