Video poem: Lost Things by Tim Bete

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is a video of Tim Bete reading Lost Things, which originally appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry 2019.                                                               



Presence 2019 contains more than 70 new poems; an expanded translations section that includes translations of poems by Syrian refugees never before translated into English; 23 book reviews of small collections of poems by individual authors; 2 interviews with poets, Kimberly Johnson and Daniel Tobin; and 3 essays on Dana Gioia, Anya Krugovoy Silver, and Richard Wilbur. This issue is now available.


Tim Bete is the poetry editor of the Catholic Poetry Room at His first poetry collection is The Raw Stillness of Heaven. His upcoming collection, which includes Lost Things, is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim. You can read more of his poetry at



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Tim Bete, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page.

Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Tim's poetry has appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, The Asketerion, and the Poet and Contemplative Blog of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (Province of St. Therese). His first book of poetry is The Raw Stillness of Heaven, of which one reviewer wrote, “If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind.”

Tim is former director of the national writers' workshop at the University of Dayton—a Catholic, Marianist university. He's a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and often trades poems with his oldest daughter, who is a Dominican Sister. He says she's the best writer in the family.

Tim's writing has also appeared in several editions of the Amazing Grace anthology series (Ascension Press), theChristian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest magazine, and numerous parenting magazines. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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