This special issue owes its existence to a serendipitous meeting with guest editor, William V. Davis and Daven Kari, two scholarly readers of Thomas's work, at a Christianity and Literature conference at Pepperdine University in March of 2005. Professor Kari's presentation, on R. S. Thomas and Denise Levertov, suggested the appropriateness of Thomas's work for Renascence. Author of a book and numerous articles--as well as an edited volume--on Thomas and his work, Professor Davis agreed to gather contributors and to guest edit the issue.
It can be argued that the poetry of R. S. Thomas is an acquired taste. One is tempted to compare the poetry to the wilderness of Wales, the country that was Thomas's home, and often subject of his verse. From poems about nature to poems about God, Thomas's work has a sparse majesty about it that one learns to value. His reflections on the distance and the silence of God are a challenge to anyone who takes religious poetry seriously.
Dr. Ed Block, Jr., Editor
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|Author:||Block, Ed, Jr.|
|Publication:||Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2008|
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