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Raymond Roseliep, a Roman Catholic priest, a poet, a scholar, and because or despite of all these, a person of fine perceptions, has produced in this thin, little book an interesting collection of poems notable for their gentle grace, their beauty, and their evocation of a tender feeling of warmth for what others see as trivial, casual, and insignificant people, events, or things. Few would identify the author as a priest from reading or hearing most of the poems. We are up- lifted by the gentle love lyrics, the startling effect of a word in a strange new juxtaposition, the softly nudging turn of a phrase, the illumination of loneliness and love, conjoined and constrained within a larger freedom.
I might rehearse the poems one by one, each with its separate message. Some are lovely and some are lonely, some giving the warm fragrance of feeling, others revealing the midnight
Bean WB. The Small Rain. By Raymond Roseliep.. Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(5):779-780. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280110159033