The poems of Jan Twardowski and Janusz Stanislaw Pasierb are a record of two different ways of seeing the world. Father Jan Twardowski's verse offers the reader the secure comfort of a safe haven. The colours, the sensory impressions, the natural world and its metaphorical extensions appear solid and familiar: jointly they create a climate of kindness and trust. Father Pasierb's poetic world could hardly have been more different. His imagination is highly sensitive to all kinds of threats and forebodings; consequently, the spaces it inhabits are dark, coarse and sharp, chilly or searing in turn. While Jan Twardowski's world seems to mirror the well-ordered universe of St. Thomas Aquinas with echoes of Franciscan and Salesian intimations of God, nature and man, Janusz Pasierb's poetry draws on Christian existentialist like St. Augustine, Pascal, Kierkegaard, as well as Karl Barth's theology of crisis and the dramatic theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar.
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