They range from original meditative lyrics to renewing modernizations of Shakespeare to meaningful children’s poems. Some are allusive, reviving and revising the stories of ancient mythology, putting Ovidian characters in contact with Christian love. Others foreground ﬁgures from Christian Scripture, like Adam and Ruth.
William’s style is lucid, concise, and beautiful. The tone of the poems ranges from elegiac to fun and playful, but the effects are consistently poignant and profound.
“From his bold re-visions of Greek myth, biblical narrative, and Shakespeare’s sonnets to his charming children’s series about the antics of Tumbly Bunny and Brazen Bull, Luke William confronts the temptation to view the world as nihilistic. Yet pervading Sacred is a firm faith in our eventual ‘return’ to our sacred origin—the source of life, divine love—felt as the ‘return’ of love to us as individuals, as lovers ourselves.”
—Mary Ann B. Miller, Caldwell University
“Echoes of Scripture and myth, literary classics and children’s storybooks—readers will hear these, along with surprising hints of the holy, in this fine collection of carefully chiseled poems.”
—Paul J. Contino, Pepperdine University