Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Though he first gained recognition as a poet, Daniel Berrigan (BEHR-ih-gan) also became well known for his writings on religion, peace, and politics. As part of his mission as a Jesuit priest, he has published many books on religion and spirituality, from The Bride: Essays in the Church (1959) through such books as Jesus Christ (1973) and The Words Our Savior Gave Us (1978) to such later works as Job: And Death No Dominion (2000) and Wisdom: The Feminine Face of God (2002). To explain his civil disobedience, he has written a play, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (pr., pb. 1970), which was produced off and on Broadway and all over the world (most notably by prisoners released after the defeat of the junta in Greece). To communicate his pacifistic message, he has used a variety of other genres, including parables (A Book of Parables, 1977), diaries (Lights on in the House of the Dead: A Prison Diary, 1974), and journals (Steadfastness of the Saints: A Journal of Peace and War in Central and North America, 1985). He has also published To Dwell in Peace: An Autobiography (1987), which is also a poetic meditation on his times.