Eugene, Or. : Cascade Books, 2012
In Epitaphs for the Journey: New, Selected and Revised Poems, Paul Mariani revisits forty years of writing poems, including revising many of his earlier lyrics, to shape his latest volume into a life lived and lived again over the past seven decades. The eight sections—or cantos—each composed of twelve poems, cover roughly a decade apiece and contour Mariani's search for answers to the constant interplay of the felt presence of the Mystery we call God as it plays with the modern imagination.
Professor Mariani has published over 200 essays and reviews and is the author of sixteen books, including five biographies and seven volumes of poetry: Timing Device; Crossing Cocytus; Prime Mover; Salvage Operations: New and Selected; The Great Wheel; Death & Transfigurations: Poems and Epitaphs for the Journey. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts, and two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. In 2009 he received the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. He has lectured and read from his own work across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He also served as poetry editor of America: The Jesuit Weekly from 2000-2006.