-Dr. David Russell Mosley
is a poet and theologian living in Washington state. When he’s not teaching or writing, David enjoys getting lost in the woods, drinking a nice scotch, and smoking a pipe. His debut book of poetry, The Green Man, is out now with Resource Publications.
Q: 3. How important is religion in your poetry?
Religion is essential in my poetry. This may seem obvious given I have a sequence of poems about the days of creation and several others on the saints, but it’s more than that. All of my poems flow out of my understanding of reality, which is informed by my Catholic faith. This isn’t to say that one must be religious in general or Catholic in particular to enjoy my poems. By no means. But, it is the framework out of which I do everything I do, not least the writing of poetry. My faith tells me, as Hopkins once wrote, that “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” If this is the case, then every nook and cranny of creation shimmers with the divine. This is something I try to bring out in my poetry.
more from David tomorrow.