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A Memoir of Catholic Conversion

Written during his time in a monastery, Prodigious Thrust is a work by William Everson that incorporates both prose and poetry with a monastic point of view that integrates the ‘disjunctive elements’ of this collection and informs its character. According to Everson in his preface, “…What was conceived as essentially a book of poetry supported by an autobiographical context, came, through the incorporation of so many digressions, to swell out of all proportion, until the poems survive only as a kind of archipelago awash in an ocean of prose.”

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William Everson spent much of the second World War in a camp for conscientious objectors in Oregon, where he founded a fine-arts program and completed his first volume of poetry. He enjoyed national fame after the publication of this volume, but he chose to separate himself from the world at a Dominican monastery under the name “Brother Antonius.” He lived at the monastery from 1951 to 1969. Everson spent most of the following decades near Santa Cruz, where he was poet-in-residence at UC Santa Cruz and founded Lime Kiln, a small press for poetry.