Track of the Mystic: The Spirituality of Jessica Powers

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1994 - Religion - 182 pages
Jessica Powers has graced the pages of American literature since 1924, when her first published poem appeared in American Poetry Magazine. Track of the Mystic examines how she integrated her particular time and place in history with her religious experience to produce a mystical poetry in a distinctively American landscape.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Historical Setting
4
The Teresian Expansion
7
Maryland Carmelites in the Lowlands
9
Carmelites in the United States
11
Jessica Powers A Wisconsin Poet 19051936
16
The Family Background
17
The Historical Context
19
A New Circle of Friends
44
Images and Themes in Poems Written in the New York Years
49
Jessica Powers The Carmelite Poet 19411958
66
The Background of the Wisconsin Carmelites
67
Jessicas Early Life in the Wisconsin Carmelite Community
70
Poetic Reflections Influenced by Carmelite Spirituality
74
The American Carmelite Vision of Jessica Powers 19581988
100
Jessica Powers and Her Final Passages
105

The Religious Context
20
The Early Years
22
Reflections Found in the Early Poems
24
Jessica Powers The Poet on a Journey 19361941
38
The Historical Context
39
The Religious Context
42
Poetic Reflections on Passages in Life
107
Conclusion
132
Bibliography
138
Endnotes
157
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About the author (1994)

Marcianne Kappes, CST teaches theology at St. Gregory's College in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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