May 13, 2009 / Creative Writing
I watched Rebel Without a Cause on TV late one college night when I learned …
November 26, 2018
For my money Dante is about as great as you can get.
—Flannery O’Connor, Letter to Elizabeth Hester, November 10, 1955
Tell me, poet, pilgrim, friend
how you managed to make a world.
Your lines a sturdy scaffold we climb
to heaven, gawking at the sinners we find
along your highway out of hell. You own
a genius for evil, as well as good,
but it’s the former that haunts me, a man
who eats his child a thing I could
not forget if I tried, and I don’t.
It’s part of me now, like last night’s corn-
bread I ate for supper. Deep under the skin
you and I are kin,
conjuring words, eager to atone
for the pity of being blood and bone.
Angela Alaimo O’Donnell
Angela Alaimo O’Donnell teaches English at Fordham University in New York City and is the associate director of Fordham’s Center for American Catholic Studies. O’Donnell has published poems in many journals and is the author of five collections of poems, two chapbooks, a memoir, and a biography of Flannery O’Connor, Fiction Fired by Faith, which won the Catholic Press Association award for best biography of the year. Her work has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web Award, Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing, and Christianity and Literature Book of the Year Award. She will release Andalusian Hours, a new collection of poems that channels the voice of Flannery O’Connor, in 2019. To learn more, visit https://angelaalaimoodonnell.com/.