Idiot Psalms

Idiot Psalms by Scott Cairns
Scott Cairns
Paraclete Press
2014

A new collection, fourteen Idiot Psalms surrounded by dozens of other poems, make this Cairns's most challenging collection yet.

“Idiot Psalm 1”
O God Belovéd if obliquely so, dimly apprehended in the midst of this, the fraught obscuring fog of my insufficiently capacious ken, Ostensible Lover of our kind – while apparently aloof – allow that I might glimpse once more Your shadow in the land, avail for me, a second time, the sense of dire Presence in the pulsing hollow near the heart. Once more, O Lord, from Your Enormity incline your Face to shine upon Your servant, shy of immolation, if You will.