In Each Angel Burns (the title comes from a line in Ranier Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies) I created three characters in their early fifties all struggling with their shifting passions. Gabe is a faithful husband, loving father, and accomplished craftsman. Maggie is an accomplished artist who escaped into fantasy through the years of an abusive marriage. Peter is a devout priest, brilliant thinker, and elusive mystic. All of them approach their lives with an intensity of passion but sometimes those passions go off course causing them personal anguish and also personal awareness of their love for one another.
This is hard for some readers to process. Because so many fundamentalist religions demand strict adherence to rules without acknowledgement of human passions, the passionate natures of these three characters seems incongruous. I have been told that the strong sexual themes conflict with the strong spiritual themes but I, like Freud, believe those passions are the same thing, the same energy, just directed differently. I am always pleased to hear from readers of Each Angel Burns. Their reactions vary greatly and passionately.
This blog post is part of the April 2012 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Thanks for visiting.