Kyrie eleison! I said it in the pub.I said it to my bitter then I saidit to my heart, with nothing not to dread:my sins were great: I drank there with my love.
Kyrie iesu christe, God aboveand me below, drinking at the Hog’s Head.‘So. Will you love me better when I’m dead?’He knew it was a joke, but didn’t laugh
just turned away to look at the TV.(Arsenal was playing Everton.)Another man was fixed upon the game
and held his hands together on his kneeand chanted and rebuked. But not my man,who recognizes neither loss nor blame.
by Kathryn Maris
'Lord Forgive Me' is copyright © Kathryn Maris, 2013. It is reprinted from God Loves You, published by Seren Books in 2013.
Notes from Seren:
Kathryn Maris is from New York City and has published poems in The Spectator, Poetry Review, The Harvard Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry, and Slate
as well as several anthologies. Among her awards are an Academy of
American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Fine
Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, and Hawthornden Castle. She
lives in London, where she teaches creative writing and writes essays
Kathryn Maris's first book, The Book of Jobs, appeared in the USA in 2006. Her second collection, God Loves You,
is published by Seren this month. In it, she borrows rhythms,
vocabulary and themes from the Bible. The result is more than artful
parody, although a sly wit is in evidence. It is an approach that
accommodates large themes, unravelling them in new ways. Commenting upon
her work, Carol Rumens has written that '[t]here's a delicious sense of
both open-mindedness and devilry [...]. Her company is quirky,
stimulating and sparklingly intelligent. You could say she's like Sylvia
Plath with added chutzpah. But, really, Kathryn Maris is like no-one
but herself.' You can read more about Kathryn Maris's new book at
Seren's site here, read a 2007 interview with Maris here, and follow her on Twitter here.
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writers to its list.
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