This beautifully designed limited edition box set of 13 CDs is only available from The Lilliput Press, and includes the booklet Serious Sounds. Each CD gives an intriguing insight into the spiritual goals and progression of the poet-philosopher John Moriarty.
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CDs included in this special edition are as follows:
Seeking to Walk Beautifully on the Earth – Vols 1-3
It is not a case of saving my soul it is more a case of
being saved by my soul.
The self singing Sanctus that I am at the core of my soul
I welcome it all the way outwards into all that I am
Good and bad.
These 6 American Indian stories capture the time when Moriarty de-Europeanised himself and lived through the Native American myths, as he felt they were better than some of our own European myths. Here are stories that permit us to stand in a new way and a better way upon the Earth.
There is an outer journey and there is an inner journey with an inner Eucharist that we can listen to to help us on our way. There is a self singing Sanctus that is un-fallen at the core of our being.
Tridium Sacrum – Vols 1-3
The Tridium Sacrum is our transition back into the divine and back into the Earth as well. Moriarty did not believe that the Christian way was the only way to God. However, he remained Christian because Jesus pioneered a way for everyone and everything by starting below in the canyon – the lowest point in the Earth.
Moriarty wanted to put the bright angel trail (the path that leads down to the floor of the grand canyon) back at the heart of a new culture. Moriarty was trying to proclaim a new Christian epoch called canyon Christianity – where Jesus took on not only the sins of the world but also the impulses and the energies of the human psyche and of animals.
Six Stories – Vols 1-4
Do not ask too much or too little of ourselves.
Moriarty inherits his humanity in all its awkwardness and crookedness and all its contradiction and as long as he does not hurt anyone else he allows his nature to happen to him.
The vernacular is very important – the author believed that Theology, or the words Theo Logos meaning discourse or an account of or an understanding of God, was a contradiction in itself. We cannot talk about God at all but we can talk about the journey back to God. These six stories are about the journey back to God.
Eden – Vols 1-3
The Eden Collection is a set of poems in which Moriarty confronts his own darkness as Faust did – consciously. At the age of 28 Moriarty underwent Ragnorok (Nordic for ‘the end of the world’) after which he wrote no more poetry. Feeling there was “too much happening between the lines …” Moriarty returned instead to prose.
Modern poetry read to Moriarty like crafted prose. He liked cadence and rhythm and felt it was absent in modern poetry. He wanted to write poems that were almost incantatory. Moriarty believed that cadence and rhythm was essential to poetry and he challenged modern poets to produce poetry like this again.
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‘In a land of extraordinary literary talent, I think John Moriarty is Ireland’s most important writer since Samuel Beckett.’ —Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
‘It is hard to convey the sheer erudition and richness of content of John Moriarty’s remarkable and epic work – the voice of a major contemporary figure in Irish literature.’ — David Lorimer, Program Director of Scientific and Medical Network
‘John Moriarty is Ireland’s most outstanding philosopher-theologian since Bishop Berkeley in the eighteenth century.’ — Paul Durcan, author of Art of Life
JOHN MORIARTY, writer and philosopher, was born in Kerry in 1938 and educated at Listowel and University College Dublin. He taught English literature at Manitoba University in Canada for six years, before returning to Ireland in 1971. Sometime gardener, lecturer and broadcaster, in 1997 he hosted a major RTE television series, ‘The Blackbird and the Bell’. His books include Dreamtime (1994), and the first two volumes of Turtle Was Gone a Long Time: Crossing the Kedron (1996) and Horsehead Nebula Neighing (1997). He lived his final years down from the Horse’s Glen at the foot of Mangerton Mountain in north Kerry.
Moriarty’s long-term plan was alwaysto establish what he called a Christian Monastic hedge school near Kilgarvan in County Kerry. He titled this project Sli na Firinne and, to assist in the start-up and running costs of the project, he established the ‘Sli na Firinne Foundation.’ All profits from the sale of the CDs will be donated to the foundation.