No. 19: David Mutschlecner

No. 19: David Mutschlecner


ISSN: 2470-­4709 / Paperback / 8.5 x 5.5 / 60pp

“Mutschlecner's meditations demonstrate the mutual suffusion of metaphysics and poetics... His inquiries transpire inside the clearest language and progress with a guileless, un-ironic depth of care and commitment. Suddenly, the reader finds herself in the midst of a universe that peels back its skin to reveal its living core." — Elizabeth Robinson (introduction)

Poetic Faith (preview) joins Dillard's Holy the Firm, Merton's No Man is an Island, Lispecter's Agua Viva, and Keating's Open Mind, Open Heart in its prayerful concern, masterful prosody, and ecstatic vision. The work, the word—Mutschlecner's world—is refulgent with humility, the sense of pure service and integral action that stems from steadfast devotion.

The very notion that you are sustained at each moment by an infinite plenitude of all that is contingent means that this life that you call yours has value beyond finite conceiving; it means that every other life is subject to the same terms of wonder. This is real; this is really happening. I am here by amazing grace and marrow music. The same mind that brought you to nothingness teems with sublime community. ("Ch. 1: Meditation")

Poetic Faith states that “where meaning is freed, it is at risk of loosing the parameters of dogma.” David Mutschlecner is an agent of this risk and, consequently, a quiet revolution whereby language “does not so much point to a particular signified event or thing, it rather blooms with significant light that washes the whole landscape.”

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David Mutschlecner

grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in his mid-twenties and attended graduate school at St. John's College, finishing with an M.A. in Liberal Arts. He has called New Mexico home for over twenty years.

At a time when so much poetry is taken up with the unreliability of perception and language, David Mutschlecner’s unabashed embrace of mystery and faith stands out.
— Mike Puican, TriQuarterly
Mutschlecner has a real gift for combining imagery, language, and thematics inherent in his subjects.
— David Peak, The Rumpus