Holy Card-St. Théè of Lisieux

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Laura Reece Hogan.

(photo: Cé Martin / Office Central de Lisieux)

Holy Card-St. Théè

She made a holy card of herself
dressed as Joan Of Arc, warrior,

at her feet a sword, steely
eyes burning beyond border. Joan not

yet canonized, she played Joan,
here holy card. Touch

the retouched flash of aster, the blurred
edge of two fights. Notice

here flare in these words:
here in frame liminal space,

trace faux chain mail of the saint,
pray to grab the steel—

this snapshot an intercession
the flame to kindle beyond

this expression to arc
beyond Joan beyond Théè beyond

this little fiery paper passed to you—

Laura Reece Hogan Litany of Flights (Paraclete Press, 2020), which won the Paraclete Poetry Prize, the chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing line Press, ), and the nonfiction spiritual theology book I Live, No Longer I (Paperback, ). I Live, No Longer I spirit O Garden-Dweller the Catholic Press Association Book Awards. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is one of ten poets featured in the anthology In a Strange Land (Cascade Books, 2019). Her poems have appeared America Magazine, U.S. Catholic, First Things, The Christian Century, Dappled Things, Whale Road Review, The Cresset, The Anglican Theological Review, Relief, Cumberland River Review, Trinity House Review, EcoTheo Review other publications. She earned a B.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas, A J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and an M.A. in theology from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California. She is a professed Third Order Carmelite and lives in Southern California with her family. Can be found online www.laurareecehogan.com.

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