May 13, 2009 / Creative Writing
I watched Rebel Without a Cause on TV late one college night when I learned …
November 29, 2018
I feel I can personally guarantee that St. Thomas loved God because for the life of me I cannot help loving St. Thomas. His brothers didn’t want him to waste himself being a Dominican and so locked him up in a tower and introduced a prostitute into his apartment. Her he ran out with a red-hot poker. It would be fashionable today to be in sympathy with the woman, but I am in sympathy with Thomas.
—Flannery O’Connor, Letter to Elizabeth Hester, August 9, 1955
Sunday morning and what do I know
beyond my own foolishness? I spend
my days with crazies who come from my brain.
Thank God for Thomas. He keeps me sane.
A man who knows his nature and his end,
keeps both forever fixed in view
so as not to get waylaid on the road
to salvation, unlike the worser person
I am, easily derailed by temptation,
what’s pretty and what’s witty and what’s new.
Like the peacock loves his tail I love my work.
Seduced by sinners, fools, & jerks
I delight in as I write in my study,
my pen my poker, my thoughts often bloody.
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/.