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The Mountain Pierces the Blue Sky: First Collection of Poems 1960-2005
The Mountain Pierces the Blue Sky: First Collection of Poems 1960-2005

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"In this book of poems you and I are privileged to share in his inner life." - Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles

"His poetry became a divine therapy and enabled him to transcend the negative impact of his oppressors and to live in that peace which only God could provide." -Fr. Francis Benedict

"His poetic soul created hundreds and hundreds of poems to celebrate his pains and his losses, his joys and his sorrows, and to record his faith and his love for the Lord, his loyalty and his gratitude to the Lord. These simple poems became the new psalter played on the strings of his heart and chanted upon his lips." - Fr. Simon O'Donnell

Zhou Bangjiu, a Chinese Catholic Benedictine from St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, California, USA, born in 1926 in Neijiang, SIchuan, China, battled resolutely against and finally prevailed over the Chinese Communists in his defense of the Church from 1951 to 1984. When he was in prison, he learned how to write classical poetry by reading Mao Zedong's poems. Wherefrom, he began to compose his own poems to unbosom to the Lord his various thoughts and feelings of struggling in China and later, of living in the USA.

While in Communist jails and in his native province of Sichuan, this loyal warrior of the Catholic Faith composed more than 2,600 oiems, which he kept in his memory After arriving in the USA in November 1984, he continued to write poems. All these poems show to the Lord Jesus this loyal warrior;s experiences, deeds, thoughts, feelings, joys, sorrows, sighs and wishes during his struggles in China and in his life in the USA. In this first collction of poetry, only 211 poems appear.

ISBN 978-986-7173-75-1 Paperback. 2014

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