THE SHADOW OF GABRIEL'S WING

POETRY
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                               BY

                                   MICHAEL BRADBURN-RUSTER

                                               PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH

                                                             (YAVAPAI COLLEGE, USA)

                                                               

 

 

        Painting by Caspar David Friedrich,
'Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon' (ca. 1824)
             Cover Art by Ana María Calatayud 
           

                                            ISBN: 978-1-952799-09-9

 
          T
he poems in this collection arise from the vivid awareness that we are immersed in mystery. Dwelling in the shadow of Gabriel's wing, we are called to embrace the plenitude of miracle and melancholy that weave our lives. The cover painting of Gaspar David Friedrich intimates this spirit: two gazes - a man's and a woman's - contemplate and converge in a vision beyond themselves. A vast sky canopies a somber forest: at the penumbral verge of luminous and tenebrous realms, their surrender embodies the harmony of opposites - the present moment permeated by eternal presence, coalescence of the spiritual and sensual, the personal and universal, nature and culture, transcendence and immanence, the 'communion between the finite and the infinite' (Novalis).

         Marvels whisper to us at every step, interlaced with the sorrows that await us. Poetry seeks to melt the armor of indifference by which we strive in vain to flee from the sublime pulse of rhapsody and lamentation, where truth and myth, image and music, flesh and word coincide. 

 

 

MICHAEL BRADBURN-RUSTER

WITH HIS DAUGHTERS

SASHA AND ELIZABETH

   

MICHAEL BRADBURN-RUSTER

 AT

SAN MIGUEL DE ESCALADA

MONASTERY,

NOT FAR FROM LEÓN

(SPAIN)

 

   

 

Michael Bradburn-Ruster is a Professor

in the Department of Spanish

 at Yavapai College (USA).

He already published a first book with

 The University Press of the South,

The Angel or the Beast. Will and Wisdom

in Spanish Renaissance Literature (1999).

 

 
 

The Angel or The Beast

 

                                 

    

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