The Earth's skinny crust of natural topic and the nonetheless thinner crust of the spirit is the main targeted, the main suggestive a part of the cosmos. It in each manner exceeds itself through pointing above its horizontal floor in the direction of vertical transcendence. despite the fact that, it might by no means depart itself at the back of and consistently contains itself with itself in each ascent. Poetry attends to the ensuing human diagonal.
--from the preface to the 1st series, "On the Diagonal: Metaphysical Landscapes"
"That John Milbank is an unique and strong theologian is celebrated. that he's a poet of lyrical and epic sensitivities will now develop into renowned. the following we discover piercing lyrics similar to 'Ode to Night,' 'Winter Interior,' and 'Cosmos.' right here we discover American and British landscapes, alive with historical past and nature: squirrels in 'sculpted movement' and an afternoon 'brushed with lemon.' And right here too we discover the formidable lengthy series, 'The Legend of Death,' which, with its concatenation of tale, creed, and position, is itself a theological paintings, one who may basically be written as a poem."
--Kevin Hart, collage of Virginia
"This is a poetry of narrative depth and lyric delicacy. Its sheer variety and intensity calls to brain 'The Anathemata' of David Jones."
--Michael Symmons Roberts, award-winning British poet
"John Milbank's new ebook of poetry bargains us a significantly prolonged and impressive constitution, excited about humanity's greatest techniques throughout background and beliefs as witnessed at their specific localites, because it have been their houses within the panorama. i am really completely satisfied that he has during this new enterprise maintained his experience of poetry because the right motor vehicle of such imaginative and prescient, with no letting it inflate. The poetry's theses are stumbled on continuously anew with registers of shock and sweetness which volume to an interlocked modesty. So the discoveries are transmitted to us as an authentically poetical account which by no means deserts the actual, own, and questing adventure, the eyes at the panorama, the phrases held of their locations by means of the rhythmic pressure of continuous realisation and renewal. it's a paintings of real illumination."
--Peter Riley, writer of various works of poetry, together with Alstonefield: a poem (2003)
John Milbank is study Professor of faith, Politics, and Ethics on the college of Nottingham. as well as many works of theology, he's the writer of a prior choice of poetry, The Mercurial Wood.