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Mother Mary Madeleva

  • Afraid? Of you, strong proxy lover, you, God's sea? / I give you my small self ecstatically, / To be caught, held, or buffeted; to rest / Heart to your heart, and breast to breathing breast ...

    • Mother Mary Madeleva,
    • "The Swimmer," Collected Poems ()
  • The feet of Christ are set in human places ...

    • Mother Mary Madeleva,
    • "Post-Communion," Collected Poems ()
  • Winds are birds; snow is a feather; / Wild white swans are wind and weather.

    • Mother Mary Madeleva,
    • "Snow Storm," Collected Poems ()
  • My love has made a room for me / That looks upon eternity.

    • Mother Mary Madeleva,
    • "Song for a Nun's Cell," Collected Poems ()
  • ... I am speech / beyond words' lettered reach ...

    • Mother Mary Madeleva,
    • "Music," Collected Poems ()
  • How old am I? / As days are told, / The earth is younger / than I am old.

    • Mother Mary Madeleva,
    • "You Ask My Age," Collected Poems ()
  • More than half the people in the world are spiritual orphans. They do not know where they came from or where they are going.

  • ... I lived with the mental restlessness of wanting to write, the inner nauseas of the half-finished, the great releases of the completed poem.

  • All poets chew cuds.

  • I like to go to Marshall Field's in Chicago just to see how many things there are in the world that I do not want.

Mother Mary Madeleva, U.S. medievalist, writer, college president

(1887 - 1964)

Full name: Sister Mary Evaline Wolff Madeleva.