"For Judas Iscariot in Heaven".
Review of Anthony Joyette's "For Judas Iscariot Judas Iscariot (ĭskâr`ēət), Jesus' betrayer, possibly from the village of Kerioth, the only Judaean disciple among the Twelve, and, according to the Gospel of St. John, their treasurer. in Heaven" Anthony Joyette in his book of poems "For Judas Iscariot in Heaven" explores the concept of betrayal and the role it plays in relationships, and more profoundly our search for meaning of existence and a spiritualism spiritualism: see spiritism.
Belief that the souls of the dead can make contact with the living, usually through a medium or during abnormal mental states such as trances. that connects us to God. His God is a Christian God. His world is one of good and evil and he has been given a set of doctrinal truths by which he has tried to live. But as his search expands his experiences and intellectual awareness of his human existence (pain, death and guilt), his conscience re-evaluates these doctrinal truths in terms of his personal spirituality and salvation. Thus many of the poems allow us to listen to his voice as he reconstructs his understanding of life and suffering, friendships, loyalty, love, responsibility, accountability, and the nature of the search for self and a "will to meaning". In the introduction, he argues that in a world where there is prophesied destiny that blame cannot be assigned and punishment exacted of those that are commanded to carry out socially unaccepted tasks by God. Furthermore, in his poem Feminist discourse(the Eighties) he suggest that God is a not a vengeful God "It is man who is a bad God". So he argues that Judas Iscariot deserves redemption from the ecclesiastical curse of the damned ", that he should be or is in heaven because he did God's bidding. He betrayed Christ so that the prophesy proph·e·sy
v. proph·e·sied , proph·e·sy·ing , proph·e·sies
1. To reveal by divine inspiration.
2. To predict with certainty as if by divine inspiration. See Synonyms at foretell. of Christ's crucifixion could be fulfilled. And by Christ dying mankind is rescued from eternal damnation Noun 1. eternal damnation - the state of being condemned to eternal punishment in Hell
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state" . In Joyette's view, Judas' kiss of betrayal buys him redemption. Joyette's poems suggest that life is a betrayal of man. Because in some sense the promises that it otters in youth are seldom ever realized for reasons outside man's control. Lovers and relationships whose presence and realities each day' were expected to lead to "new pleasures and strengths" soon "like herbicide herbicide (hr`bəsīd'), chemical compound that kills plants or inhibits their normal growth. A herbicide in a particular formulation and application can be described as selective or nonselective. ... bleeds doubts on embryos of new ideas "New Ideas" is the debut single by Scottish New Wave/Indie Rock act The Dykeenies. It was first released as a Double A-side with "Will It Happen Tonight?" on July 17, 2006. The band also recorded a video for the track. , changing them from epigrams of pleasure to canned goods marked "best before tomorrow" " "In Love's Venomous venomous
secreting poison; poisonous. Sting" he invokes the hopelessness and heinousness crimes of Mark Lepin at Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal December 1989 to confront us with the agony of a mother who must bear the pain of a child betrayed by destiny: "Should I cry and antagonize the Gods for drenching drenching
farmer's term for the administration of medicines as solutions or suspensions in water by mouth with a drench bottle, gun or funnel.
to be included in a bridle as a bit. me with this sacrifice?". The poems portray a sort of inevitability about the uncertainty, disappointments and unfulfilled promises of life and relationships; and essentially love only seems to come to us when we can mute the distortions in the voice of the conscious self, and from the meaning we construct from the duality of good and evil(a sort of Miltonic view of the world).
"From beds of our existence the seeds of love blossom another sacrifice for life".
Christian doctrine expects us to give up every thing and follow the truth. But the agony of denial of our life needs and the intensely personal and selfish nature of our spirituality create doubt and inhibits our will to surrender our self completely to the object of our love, We find it extremely difficult suspending our present needs no matter how much greater the rewards at eternity. The conscious state of being and elemental life needs require that thirty pieces of silver. But the pain of guilt and conflict are too much, so we cry out "let this cup pass." In the reality of our world "we cannot help witnessing a betrayal of some sort", says Joyette. Thus politicians caught in the cross roads of decisions become charlatans. Friends and families are torn apart "blinded by the transgressions of our ways"(House in the Village of Us All). Friends die and leave us only memories (Death of a Poem). The poet sees mankind held hostage in a "purgatory of man's inhumanity in·hu·man·i·ty
n. pl. in·hu·man·i·ties
1. Lack of pity or compassion.
2. An inhuman or cruel act.
1. to man" and the uncertainty of life. He cries out from his Gethsemane Gethsemane (gĕthsĕm`ənē), olive grove or garden, E of Jerusalem, near the foot of the Mount of Olives. In the Gospels, it is the scene of the agony and betrayal of Jesus.
Gloom drapes my dreams And darkness covers me In this sea of fear and disparity. And I wait for Persephone With a bitter taste of life.
He longs for a love beyond himself (Brother ... I feel your pain. I never stopped loving you.); a life with conscience not merely one imprisoned im·pris·on
tr.v. im·pris·oned, im·pris·on·ing, im·pris·ons
To put in or as if in prison; confine.
[Middle English emprisonen, from Old French emprisoner : en- in itself; freedom from man-created hells, for forgiveness. He is searching for meaning and reunion with the soul. He longs for a home somewhere free from the contradictions of his real world home. But he is distressed by the perception that we are trapped, "fenced by guns and bullets, dreams, like debris fused against disquieting dis·qui·et
tr.v. dis·qui·et·ed, dis·qui·et·ing, dis·qui·ets
To deprive of peace or rest; trouble.
Absence of peace or rest; anxiety.
Uneasy; restless. attitudes ..." However, from time to time there is hope when we chance upon Wisdom, the right "language of the heart", and "'dreams that sail the seas and fly the skies of our desires", when we can love selflessly, celebrate humanity Celebrate Humanity is the name of the advertising campaign used to advertise the Olympic Games. Developed by Saatchi & Saatchi, it has been used for both the winter and summer Olympics since the games in 2000. as a manifestation of the human soul born of pain and sacrifice, forgive and be forgiven;
Yesterday a wind of promise Brought the sent of you to me again. As I plucked the lotus buds Years of differences no longer Mark our time of life From the softness of her giving I touched the moon a few light years away. (Wind of Promise)
In "Reflection" the poet's voice declares his longing for eternal joy, He says "I imagine talking with you forever?"
The Book consists of highly personalized pieces based on the relationships and experiences of the poet in different situations. Essentially, the poet invites us to a discourse that is ongoing. He attempts to address the contradictions of man having free will in his choices between good and evil in a world where it seems that the existence of one is essential to that of the other. This is not a new theme in literature, but it is new experience to everyone of us that must make the journey through life. We may be delighted by the way the creative imagination of the poet stirs and enlightens our soul. However, in the end, our soul must awake and speak or rot in dark perdition. Even in the face of unalterable negative events we can choose to find a way to give meaning to our suffering. For example, Christ did not die for "nothing". Our redemption gives meaning to his suffering And for Joyette, notwithstanding that notwithstanding; although.
See also: Notwithstanding we are "off springs of Gods in a fragile state A fragile state is a state significantly susceptible to crisis in one or more of its sub-systems. (It is a state that is particularly vulnerable to internal and external shocks and domestic and international conflicts). ever bleeding to survive", in a world "where images of hate and love spawn death and life ..." yet we are always thinking of "home in the world everywhere".
Poetic form and choice. The poet uses a wide variety of forms, metric lengths, number of stanza and number of lines--mixed iambic i·am·bic
Consisting of iambs or characterized by their predominance: iambic pentameter.
1. An iamb.
2. A verse, stanza, or poem written in iambs. , dactyl dactyl /dac·tyl/ (dak´til) a digit.
A finger or toe; digit.
a digit. , troche troche /tro·che/ (tro´ke) lozenge (1).
A small, circular medicinal lozenge; a pastille. , and anapestic an·a·pest also an·a·paest
1. A metrical foot composed of two short syllables followed by one long one, as in the word seventeen.
2. . It is free verse free verse, term loosely used for rhymed or unrhymed verse made free of conventional and traditional limitations and restrictions in regard to metrical structure. Cadence, especially that of common speech, is often substituted for regular metrical pattern. that takes full liberty with the forms. There is no pretence at rhyming. The form of each poem seems to be dictated by the passion and the spontaneity of the rhythm of the heart at the moment. There is an intimacy in the work that invites the reader to witness and experience the poet's imagination playing on the themes with which he reflects his new vision of the world, his new understanding of the past, his present and possible futures. Given his intention, as stated in the introduction to the work, I would have thought that he would have used a more non-traditional epic form. This would have allowed more appropriate poetic space for argument and consistency in the treatment of the main strands of thought that underlie this topic. But the poet decided not to give us a remake of Milton's "Paradise Lost Paradise Lost
Milton’s epic poem of man’s first disobedience. [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
See : Epic " and "Paradise Regained". So, I will accept that decision of his free choice. However, I do have some issues. In the absence of a consistent integrating theory, of the main theme, man in search of his ultimate soul, we must reflect on all the poems as a collective. The grouping of the poems does not seem to follow particular schema, except to say that the latter poems offer us more hope. In attempting to bring the deeper images of the poems into our consciousness, we find ourselves shifting back and forward through a number of philosophical positions and underlying arguments, and forms of expression: from the uninhibited uninhibited /un·in·hib·it·ed/ (un?in-hib´i-ted) free from usual constraints; not subject to normal inhibitory mechanisms. choices of pure poetic imagination, to concepts of man in the world outside of Eden; to theories of man as a victim of his own drives; to Judeo-Christian views of the world and the redemption of man; to a reductionism reductionism(rē·dukˑ·sh·niˑ·z view of man(Machine man); to a phenomenologisl view of man as a deciding being free to choose how to live, how to die, seeking meaning in life, and man as an existentialist ex·is·ten·tial·ism
A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the responsible being. One can find pieces of these theories everywhere in the work. But what comprehensive theoretical framework guides the conscience in its bringing the images buried in the unconscious into conscious expression. The poet (Joyette) questions the validity of the logic of the Holy Bible, referring to it as a "book of eras", badly interpreted by its disciples throughout time. Which of the many forms of thinking and theories did the poet's conscience use to re-evaluate the doctrinal truths that he was fed in his youth. This is not discussed in the poets introduction to the work, where it would have been best placed. Nor can we discover a unifying analysis from the text of the poems. Given what we are lead to believe is being attempted in his introduction, I think this is important. However the poems do inspire thinking and reflection. The poet always returns from his moments of despair, from his existential vacuum, to buoy our spirit and give us hope. In "Eulogy(A Canadian chant)" he celebrates life and the experiment of Canadian nationhood as a search for unifying principles and a new type of humanity. Our spirits are excited by the touch of his spirit finding meaning and purpose in living in spite of the "inflictions of time", "the abnormalities of time", the lynching of time, "the smell of life and death beneath our temperate skies", the pain and guilt of betrayals. And we can say with him
"I celebrate our love that cries for the manifestation of a soul, that Struggles to express it beyond the inventions of little wars so easily crafted instead of an ambition to fill the verve of our social whole....
We are further induced to join the chorus of one humanity and chant:
"And as I dance your presence dances with me. My hopes and my dreams are part of your destiny, woven to the fibres of our nation's core."
Is Judas Iscariot in Heaven?