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.

Morning Prayer

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                                                                                                  Morning Prayer We can’t be surely, Lord, the only fiveIn all the world who call to you today.In Africa or Asia—Sheepshead Bay—There must be more who keep Your Name alive.There must be more who on their knees deriveSome transient hope within the world’s dismay;Some kinder light to […]

Listen to That Silence Sing/The Angels’ Bread

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Fr. Gerard Garrigan.                                                                                                                                                  Listen to That Silence Sing Listen to that silence sing Accompanied by a million strings Unseen but sweet as grace and mystery Heard by you and heard by me Only when we cease to speak The Angels’ Bread Monstrance set between six candles Three tall, tall […]

Old and Sick at Solesmes

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by William Prendiville.                                                                                                                                            Old and Sick at Solesmes He put the steaming bowlon the enormous wooden tablewhere there was a basketlined with linen anda few pieces of bread. He was alone because hewas sick. Everyone elsewas at Massin the stern chapelwhere there was anepitaph of the founder, setcenturies ago. There, […]

December Snowstorm

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Thomas Lequin.                                                                                                                                          December Snowstorm I search the cellar this late winter afternoon, looking for candles, flashlights, batteries and lanterns. Successful, I come upstairs to a darkening day though white, almost two feet of you. Yard and driveway are plowed, doorways shoveled, and the wood stove gives its heat. There is […]

Straw

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                                                                                          Straw Aquinas one day at his daily Mass Was swept into a moment of such bliss As to all human language quite surpass, Description mute before its bright abyss. And afterward the Doctor there and then, Still inward trembling with a holy awe, Laid down forevermore his sainted […]

June Morning

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This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Johanna Caton.                                                                                                                                            June Morning Morning sunlight flows through fine curtains; the bedroom’s buoyant, floats on light. Morning sunlight’s still for birds’ trills, it tiptoes like a ballerina. Morning sunlight’s blessed, blesses breakfast, butters up all the buttercups. Morning sunlight prays – rays hold creation in such delicate fingers. Johanna […]