Catholic Poetry Room


Curated by poetry editor, Jeffrey Essmann, the Catholic Poetry Room provides the best contemporary Catholic poetry to inspire you and transform the culture. It is our mission to expand the audience for poetry and thereby deepen our love of God and glorify Him. We welcome submissions and recommendations.

Ancestors

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Retinna Bell.                                                                                                                                         ANCESTORS Hebrews 11:36-40 the world couldn’t see the fog of angels surrounding those precious souls like an ever-present aroma. it couldn’t see the favorable movement of the clouds, the sea, the behavior of plankton, the respiration of redwoods, the untold number of events at any moment all connected […]

Foundations of the Cross

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Cynthia Erlandson.                                                                                                                                                  Foundations of the Cross I.  The First Generation:  Abraham Takes Up His Loss “And he went out, not knowing where he went.”  — Hebrews 11: 8 “For hope that is seen is not hope.”                –Romans 8:24 It was not by human power that Sarah, bent With […]

The Low Mass Homily

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                                                                                                                                                 This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann. The Low Mass Homily The sadness of these days was in his voice (The Scripture’s shadows weren’t to be diffused). Some days you can’t tell people to rejoice: They’re sitting masked and distanced in the pews And everyone’s been watching too much news. But then the sadness […]

Some Colors of Crucifixion

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Johanna Caton, O.S.B. Some Colors of Crucifixion Visceral things should be visual, each having its own color. Blood Red. Perfect. What color shall we have for Giving Up and Running Away? Brown, perhaps. Run-away Brown. Or what about Hiding in Fear? Grey. Or better, black. Hiding Black. Weeping? I don’t […]

The Breath

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann. The Breath Breathe into me, the Spirit bright instill,That I might taste the sweetness of His willAnd know delightSo reconditeMy soul unfolds to its exquisite thrill. That I might sense and savor the sublimeHe’s tucked into each tiny speck of time,Each moment blessedWith happinessFor those who toward the […]

The House on Kingston Avenue

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Karen D’Anselmi. The House on Kingston Avenue I had no curb appeal, no details to restore and they never could afford an addition or updates to my electrical system, or to tame rattling windows, soothe creaking floors.   Yet I held them while they held their children: child rocking in […]

Northern Beauty

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Barnabas Ney. Northern Beauty I once did pack my bags and sally forth When I sought solitude and tranquility. I said, “I’ll sail up some inlet to the north.” I up-anchored and shouted excitedly,             “The North! The North!” Past many treacherous shoals, rocks and isles, I sailed in unquiet peace […]

Father Matthew Offers the Mass

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by E.P. Cowley. Father Matthew Offers the Mass Father Matthew offers the Mass aloneto an empty houselifting bread to heaven for usas we wait at home for the all-clearbut it’s not the same. In his mind he hears our shuffling shoessees us straggling in from the streetshoming instincts drawing us into […]