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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 bachelors degree from Manhattan College New York and a Masters Degree from Colgate University In addition to his collection he earned a PhD 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 Marianis 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 Marianis 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 New Jersey Writers Award was short-listed for an American Book Award and was also named a New York Times Notable Book of the year He is currently at
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