How the Light Gets In

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Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That's how the light gets in.

-- Leonard Cohen, Anthem

In this rich treasury of prose poems on matters theological, spiritual, mystical, and everyday, popular Catholic author Brian Doyle offers readers a lyrical but commonsense take on the ways grace, prayer, sin, love, boredom, joy, suffering and redemption play out in our daily lives. Doyle’s hundred-plus proems are lyrical creations resembling poetry, but devoid of any meter or typical poetic structure—and yet they are not strictly prose either. Some are droll and acid takes on modern life; others spirit-lifting paeans to the joy of creation; still others humorous and light appreciations of the grace-filled moments that can fill the day of any person paying close enough attention.

Brian Doyle (1956-2017) was the long-time editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, Oregon. Among his many books are the novels Mink River, The Plover, and Martin Marten, as well as collections of essays and poems. He edited A Sense of Wonder: The World's Best Writers on the Sacred, the Profane, and the Ordinary also from Orbis. He received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008; previous recipients include Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O’Connor, and Mary Oliver.

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How the Light Gets In
And Other Headlong Epiphanies
Brian Doyle
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