Paul Mariani was born in New York City in 1940 and began his childhood in Long Island. He was the oldest of his seven brothers and sisters from a middle working-class background. Mariani had received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College, New York and a Master's Degree from Colgate University. In addition to his collection, he earned a Ph.D. from NYC University. Mariani and his wife, Eileen, have three sons and live in western Massachusetts.
Mariani is the author of five poetry collections, which include The Great Wheel, Salvage, Prime Mover, Crossing Cocytus, and Timing Devices . He has published numerous books of prose, which includes his famous works, Thirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius, and God and the Imagination: On Poets, Poetry, and the Ineffable. His latest premier books include A Useable Past: Essays, 1973-1983, and The Poet and His Critics. Paul
In Mariani's most recent collection of essays, God and the Imagination: On Poets, Poetry, he elaborates on his ongoing passion for the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Carlos Williams, Robert Lowell, Hart Crane, and John Berryman and explores the ways in which these poets are influential to his escapade.
In Mariani's latest book, Thirty Days: On Retreat with the Exercises of St. Ignatius, he introduces the reader to the five-hundred-year-old Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. He takes an unflinching look at himself and his relationship with God and wonders what position he stands between his faith through Jesus Christ.
Mariani has also written numerous biographies instead of keeping his poems a forte. His collection includes The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane, Lost Puritan: A Life of Robert Lowell, Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman, and William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked, which won the...