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Jonas Pérez

Jonas Pérez

Jonas Perez is a poet and author from south Texas. He is the author of the epic poem "Finibus," and the artist behind the worship album "Mater Dei."

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Triptych de Sancta Familia

A first person narration of the lives the Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

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Religious epic poetry
Fort Worth, Texas
30,000 words
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Synopsis

Triptych de Sancta Familia is a frame narrative following a boy named Jonas who receives a painting during an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He then begins to interpret the paintings from left to right, starting with the life of St. Joseph, the life of Christ, and then the life of Virgin Mary. I wrote this book to give God and the Church a proudly Catholic perspective of the life of the Holy Family. St. Joseph is an old widower, Jesus harrows hell, and the Virgin Mary is ever virgin and assumed into heaven. The narration through the book goes back and forth from prose and metrical poetry, using iambic pentameter for prayers and internal monologues.

Outline

VERBA POETAE

Narrations from the poet

Song I

Apparition of Mary to Jonas the teenage radical Protestant; Jonas  is made blind

Song II

Jonas enters the Basilica and sees Jesus at the altar; Jonas and Mary bow before Him; Jesus commands Jonas to listen to his Mother.

Song III

Jonas is handed the Triptych de Sancta Familiae; he begins to read his interpretations of the paintings

TABLA IZQUIERDA: IOSEPH

Joseph meets Mary at the Temple; miracle of the lily

II

Wedding Night

III

Heartbreak learning of Mary’s pregnancy

IV

Dream Assurance

V

Reconciliation with Mary 

VI

Wedding Ceremony

VII

Census calling St. Joseph to Bethlehem 

VIII

The Nativity of the Christ

IX

Circumcision of Jesus

X

The Shepherds visit 

XI

Dream to leave Egypt

XII

Escape to Egypt

XIII

Exodus from Egypt

XIV

Fight like hitting the rock for water with the staff

XV

The Death of St. Joseph

TABLA CENTRAL: IESU

I

Jesus farewell to his Mother

II

The Crucifixion

III

Jesus crosses the River Acheron

IV

Tied to the pillars of Hell itself, Sin takes Jesus sight, Jesus leaves

V

The destruction of Hell’s heart; Vengeance on Satan, Death, and Sin; Jesus escapes towards Abraham’s Bosom.

VI

Jesus Preaches in Hell

VII

Rescue saints from Limbo, first circle of hell, AD 33; A citadel, and large seven gated castle, Jesus sees wise from antiquity

VIII

Jesu and the Remnant walk across the River Acheron.

IX

Resurrection

X

Sitting at the right hand of the Father

X

TABLA DERECHA: MARIA

I

Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist; breastfeeding

II

Dream after Simeon

III

The Holy Family at Passover 

IV

Jesus left at the temple teaching

V

The Wedding at Cana

VI

See Judas

VII

The Temptation of Mary

VIII

The Betrayal, Angel Fight.

IX

Remembering the Cross

X

Embalming of the Son

XI

Seeing Jesus Crucified

XII

Resurrection

XIII

Pentecost 

XIV

Living Alone

XV

Death and Ascension 

CONCLUSIO

Mary is gone; Jonas closes the Triptych

Audience

This book will do well for male Catholics from the ages 25 and older, specifically fans of poetry. I know this because this is the fanbase I have attained from my first book "Finibus." This book will also do well with fans of my music, only by association, which are from Catholic males from the age 17-30. Also, this book will attract attention from my Spanish or Bilingual fan base, whose audience largely consists of Catholic males from ages 18-30.

Author

Jonas Perez is an author and poet from Pharr, Texas. He is the author of the epic poem "Finibus," both the English and the Spanish version. He currently lives his with beautiful wife and two kids in Fort Worth, TX.

Promotion

I plan to market this book through my social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus), as well as my blog. I have plans for a radio and podcast interview.I plan to attain blurbs from Bishop Daniel Flores from the Diocese of Brownsville, and Dr. James Matthew Wilson, prominent poet and author. I plan to sell three studio recorded songs based off the book in a package plan, as well actually painted triptychs through this site.

Competition

1.Fortunes of Poetry in an Age of Unmaking by James Matthew Wilson, published by WiseBlood Books, 2014--poetry from Catholic author, poet, and scholar, James Matthew Wilson

2. 99 Poems New and Selected by Dana Gioia, published by Graywolf Press, 2016

3. Apocalypse by Frederick Turner, published by Baen Books, 2016

4. Jennifer the Damned by Karen Ullo, published by WiseBlood Books, 2016

5. The Oracles Fell Silent by Lee Over, published by WiseBlood Books, 2014

Sample

VERBA POETAE

Song I

Letra: Meet Blessed Virgin; summons.


An’ she stood before me. Full efficacy,  

Fear tight in th’ concupiscence of demand, 

She glowed. Life with composed energy, 

Glory all these carnal eyes could withstand,

A Catholic catechism sprawled open,

I lay dumb on th’ dust of my sweaty back,

Thick jean, bible worn in my Baptist hand,

Evangelist from th’ protestant attack;

"My son," th’ Woman spoke, "why do you hurt me?"

I couldn't respond. How?!

So I didn’t—I just stared at her. Her eyes;

Snuck servile stars emblazoned atop small cheeks,

Beauty. Her clothes cut adjacent from th’ sky,

Abysmal wisdom eternal youth keeps;

I stutter’d. This had to be her. This had t’ be,

It had to be. It was. Mary. Mary. 

It was her. Her with me. It was her—right? 

And she spoke:

“My son. My little son. Come close."

What was going on? I lay on my back still. 

I couldn’t obey. How? She was too holy;

A halo ring o’ light above her air filled

And updrunk all the sweet breaths she outbreathed;

She was here and her hands held out to me;

Why? Why me?! She was here. An’ time itself took

In fat motion th’ heavy vantage o’ hold’ng her;

Glory itself, from my fearful eyes shook;

Mary was in front of me; she’d stopped me, 

She’d thrown me off my holy horse, white lurch,

In route t’ Our Lady of San Juan del Valle;

To preach, to preach against the Catholic Church. 

Her eyes were of love, they stared at me loud. 

Love—yet I ne’er knew this ethereal being,

Love? Who was I to be loved? To be found?; 

She was e’ery beauty an’ fold wrapped in one being—

Mary. 

"Son. Come here," she spoke gently in soft tone, 

Words like whispers climbing th’ leafs of my soul,

From atop a hill sunk into my bones;

She reached her gentle white hand. 

She was real. 

"Who are you?" was all my dumb mouth could expand. 

"Who?" And she replied to me with a kind smile. 

"I am your Mother," 

the folds on her eternal robe demand,

My eyes fill with wayward tears as my body shook and files;

"Mary," I spoke, 

”Mary? 

Mary?" I said,

"Yes my small boy. I’m your mother.”

Why was she talk’ng to me so plainly. Why? 

The sun pressed it heavy hand on my face,

Shake, shake, shook my bones, my voice rattling ,

I—I didn't know what t’ say. This woman, this state;

To see her here stand’ng so small yet so bright;

I rose and crawled to her as she asked me, 

The grass bright dry under my dirty nails,

My skin felt the cool blades, humility,

Fear crippled in my unholy heart swelled;

She was even more beautiful up close;

"Why do you hurt me?,” she touch’d my cheek as she spoke;

Her touch burned a quiet trail all my skin owes,

I wept. I wept. Regret out my sighs smoked;

My mother here. Mother Mary. Blessed here. 

Blessed. Blessed. Here. That she'd pity me her son,

Even though I’ve stamp and curl her friendless dress asunder,

Me. Her. Mother. Mary. My doubt undone. 

I stared at th’ hidden apex of beauty, 

I see intend’d creation. Lipped forever, 

Mirror of vassel’d God, small infinity,

I see her. This young, saint, love. My mother; 

"Why have you come to me?" I said quick soft trembling,

"Because your words will bring my adoration,"

She spoke, her words like winds of numbered choice,

"I'm just a boy. I’m just a boy," I unction’d—

"My young boy. You’re correct, you speak rightly,

Yet I choose, and God himself will use you;

Not by your choice, but by His own demand,

And by His you’ll speak for me your Mother;”

She tossed her love into my carnal eyes,

Eyes that drink evil, hate, sin, pride, death—

Not her eyes. Gentle vaults bear’ng God’s disguise,

Bending borrow’d morrow in sovereign hold’ng breath;

"I'm yours Mother. I’m yours. I’ve always been though not 

Always known, I’m yours mother. I’m sorry—

Please—I’m sorry, shaking this mortal coil 

Springs of hope—hope—that you’d forgive me my 

Sovereign Lady. Forgive me. O’—how could

I hurt you? You? You, Mother real. Mother. 

Real, mother mine. Mother. Mine. How? How?!

I’m sorry. What dust upon my lips cursed 

And calloused your precious name. Me! Me! 

I’m sorry. Forgive me Lady! For doubt’ng 

You. For holding my word’s dull and unsharped 

Hand against the thick fortress of your lov’ng 

Name. You. You! Who gave Jesus his blood; you 

Who hold this heart, you! You who are all I 

Never am. You! Forgive me mother—cursed 

And dumb orphan of a wayward way. I’m 

Sorry I ever hurt you. I’m sorry! 

Whatever you ask I will do. Let me 

Serve you and all your God given glory. 

For surely—surely—serving you is serv’ng 

God!

I said with Protestant lips burnt in praise,

"You will get up an’ walk inside this church built for me,

So you may know that I’m here, blind you'll go 

To the altar where you will find your needs."

"Yes mother," I said with me head bowed down, 

And I heard her no more—darkness found me, 

Blind. Yes. Lost. By a natural shadow bound,

Yet to find the ends of this lightless fee:

To walk inside this Catholic church, new Catholic made;

Born brutal, rush charg’d, full rush this new pattern bade.


Song II

Letra: I meet the Christ; commissioned


My loud steps burst inside th’ Basilica;

I heard no one. Empty. High stood th’ altar. 

Dry pews, air in thin patience, bright echo sum ,

I walk in th’ echo of foot and falter;

What was I doing inside a Catholic Church?

A Catholic Church, the same which I’d hated. 

Counting dumb a thousand faults in worn search,

Striking with sharp thought earnless chip or shed;

Babylon bearers of the antichrist—

The lines were struck in my head. Each set, bur built,

Long high structure of reproach an’ remonstrance,

To suffocate th’ world of unbred, sword shift tilt,

Coffin deep titan ship, wet faith advance

To rid the world of Catholicism. Truly—

That had been my mission. Had been. Yes. Had.

Yet I what was I doing now? What happened t’ me?

Had my steps been wrong, th’ zeal, the protestance? 

But such was lost. For now at least, not gone;  

Then I saw a fire snuck in cavernous keep,

A fire. A small continuous fire. Snuck deep; 

Sunken bright in th’ darkness my blindness seeped,

It was burning built high on the altar heap’d;

Something burning. It was bread. The smell

Bent th’ inner atom of my carnality,

Bread burning louder in ethereal yell;

Small bushel, call’d quick my curiosity,

Why was it here in the church?

I heard my foot steps drag an’ drift with echo, 

I used the wooden pews to help me walk,

Closer, closer, shift’ng feet t’ pulse glory stow,

I feel the fire, heat an’ all its conscious bulk;

I made it to the foot of the altar 

Where a Eucharist stood hot flaming high,

Shining raw glory ‘round cut circular,

My Protestant heart filled with deep cool sighs,

Infinity spread in rays of long light—

 “My son," a soft and lipless voice whispered,

Th’ wind couldn't cut sweet sound from human lung,

My name wrapp’d in eternal wanting sured,

The small dateless spoke t’ my soul chords rung;

Natural. I stare. And stare. And stare.

"Remove your shoes, son of Adam this is 

Not your ground,"

An’ I saw him. 

Jesus. 

He stood before me. 

Before us. Face like fire, cut like flint,

He stood. I fell. And quick I want’d to leave;

To leave, to leave him. This loud place. Me. Sin. 

T’ leave Jesus. I didn't want to be that close,

He was too holy. An’ I was to me. To me. 

He was there. Himself. Jesus. Th’ timeless dose

Shocked my captive senses to beg and plead. 

Now beside me. Mary bowed. Jesus in front,

Bowed the galaxies of her garb speak low,

Round roping her head, soft pattern glory haunt,

Her palms face down, white forehead press soft glow;

Before the Christ we bowed. Me th’ sinner. Still. 

And Mary the handmaid. Holy Mother. 

She bowed before our God, th’ quiet bursting filled,

Beside me. The Protestant in tears smother’d

Jesus—I didn't want him t’ speak. I know. 

It must sound bad. But you don't understand. 

I thought I would hug him if this time showed,

That I'd kiss his hand, an’ in lov’ng embrace stand;

But I didn't. I couldn't. How? I am evil,

And him—all glory. Everything not me. 

"Listen," he spoke Hebrew; yet I understood,

“Here this is my mother. Here beside you;”

I pressed my forehead harder to the ground,

"And mine to share with you.” He continued

“You will rise and 

Listen to her. And she will take you and 

Show you my glory. Not for you. For me. 

For the Father. For Our Spirit. You will 

Be my messenger. My son. My brother."

Brother? All I wanted to do was such soft word,

My heart split at all the unction battled heard. 


Song III

Letra: Art


And we were alone. Us and watchful darkness,

Her eyes white with purest fire stared down,

As I held in my hand a gift from my Empress,

Wood art, in mind of thousands words in pound. 

My Mary had given me a triptych.

The painting in verbs of flight played to me,

Painted with the colors my thoughts stitched,

This is the art that she handed to me—

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  • ROBERT MANNING JR on Nov. 27, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

    Hope it's a Best Seller!

  • Michael Perez on Nov. 29, 2017, 11:58 p.m.

    Godspeed, brother. XoXo

  • Anne-Marie Smith on Dec. 1, 2017, 6:55 a.m.

    This is so awesome!!! I can't wait to read it!!!

    Anne-Marie

  • Thomas Manning on Dec. 1, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

    looking foward to reading this one God Bless

  • Diana Morales on Dec. 2, 2017, 3:55 a.m.

    So proud of you. Love you.

  • Dahlia Perez on Dec. 2, 2017, 5:13 a.m.

    Looking forward to reading your book & sharing it with mom and Dad. Love you Jonas, best of luck. God Bless

  • Bella Perego on Dec. 2, 2017, 7:28 p.m.

    I'm very proud of you my Love! I can't wait to read your new book and have your painting on my wall. I love you!

  • Amanda LaPorte on Dec. 6, 2017, 2:47 a.m.

    I just preordered your book! I can’t wait to read it and good luck with your journey!

  • Christine Rodriguez on Dec. 6, 2017, 10:50 a.m.

    So proud of you cousin!

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