Title: Burning Wyclif
Author: Thom Satterlee
Fourteenth-century scholar and reformer John Wyclif is the subject and often persona of this collection of poems ranging from traditional to free verse and including some shaped like the objects they describe — an altar piece, the head of a pin.
“Most of us recognize the name John Wyclif and associate it with the translation of the Latin Vulgate Bible into English. Admirers will add that Wyclif was one of the most prominent philosophers and theologians of the second half of the fourteenth century. Others will call him heretic for his condemnation of what he saw as corruption in the Catholic Church and especially for his attack on the Church’s doctrine of transubstantiation. If we want to know the facts of Wyclif’s life, we can consult an encyclopedia or biography. If we want to know John Wyclif, and maybe ourselves, we should read Thom Satterlee’s poetry collection Burning Wyclif.”
— Robert A. Fink, from the Introduction