Archives For *Poetry*

 


(I know that I’m jumping ahead of things a bit by posting this hymn during Lent, but it also is an important piece of Women’s History)
 
St. Cassiane was a ninth century Eastern Roman abbess, poet, composer, and hymnographer. She is one of the first medieval composers whose scores are both extant and able to be interpreted by modern scholars and musicians. Approximately fifty of her hymns are extant and twenty-three are included in Orthodox Church liturgical books. The exact number is difficult to assess, as many hymns are ascribed to different authors in different manuscripts and are often identified as anonymous (adapted from Wikipedia)
 

Other Women Saints
Whose Stories You Should Know

 

Hymn for
Holy Wednesday
St. Cassiane

 
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Great collection of prose and poetry
from the late poet…

 

Winter Hours:
Prose, Prose Poems,
and Poems

 

Mary Oliver

 

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“Oliver touches on the building of houses and the laying of turtle eggs. She ponders the work of Frost, Poe, Whitman, and Hopkins. She includes some of her own poems and prose poems. And she speaks beautifully of the work of poem-building.” – Amazon.com review
 

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Homecoming
Timothy Larsen

When our Lord Jesus Christ
returned to Earth, one of the
first things he did
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For Valentine’s Day today, I was delighted to hear this poem that one of our favorite poets, Kwame Alexander wrote… or more precisely, compiled. Alexander is author of, among many other books:

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Kwame Alexander

Hardback: Candlewick, 2017
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Last month, NPR asked elementary and high school teachers to give the following prompt to their students: “Love is … ” Students then filled in the blank with a line or, in some cases, a whole poem. Teachers from around the country submitted what their students wrote; NPR received more than 2,000 entries. Alexander read through them and created one big love poem.

Listen to the poem, as heard on NPR:

 
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This week marked the anniversary of Robert Frost’s death in 1963.

In remembrance of Robert Frost, we offer five poems from his collection NEW HAMPSHIRE (1923), which was also just released into the public domain this month…
 
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*** Listen to Robert Frost
Reading Two Poems

Stopping By Woods
On Snowy Evening
Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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IMAGE CREDIT: Woodcut by J.J. Lankes
from the original edition of this book

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As we tiptoe into 2019, here are the 30 new books that we are most eager to read…

 
Due to the nature of publishers’ catalogs, this list mostly cover just the first half of the year.  We will do a similar list in June for the second half of the year.
 

[ Top Ten -Pt A ] [ Top Ten- Pt B ] [ Faith-in-Practice ]
[ Theology ] [ Fiction ] [ Gen. Nonfiction ]
[ Poetry / Young Readers ]  [ Honorable Mentions ]

 

TOP TEN (Part A):

 
 
These titles are arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s last name…
 
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This week marks the anniversary of both the birth (1 Jan 1956) and the death (4 January 2008) of the Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue…  

 

O’Donohue’s posthumous book 
Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World
was released in the U.S. last fall.

Our review ran in our Advent 2018 magazine issue!
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*** Our Intro Guide
to John O’Donohue’s work

 
We remember the poet with
four of our favorite poems by him…

 

Thought-Work
John O’Donohue

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Rooted Strongly in History
 
A Feature Review of
 

LIKE: Poems
A.E. Stallings

Hardback: FSG Books, 2018
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Reviewed by Sarah Lyons
 
 
When I was growing up, I was like many other kids and infatuated with the myths of Greek and Roman gods.  I would pull reference books from the library, hunting for narratives of men and women interacting with the divine.  With each new discovery I grew to both adore these stories and hate them—the arbitrary punishments, the rise and then deaths of heroes, the bright-burning romances and their ensuing jealousies, agonies, heartbreak.  I distinctly remember sitting down, pen and paper in hand, and attempting to make a list of myths that I could identify with; I wanted to keep track of ones that “ended well,” that offered some piece of hope toward the future.

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This is an excellent new book that will be reviewed in our Advent magazine issue.
 

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“This book you now hold in your hands is a treasure.”
—Krista Tippett, host of On Being

 
 

We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this excellent new book:

Walking in Wonder:
Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World
John O’Donohue

Hardback: Convergent Books, 2018

Thanks to the publisher for providing the prizes!

 

Not familiar with the Irish
poet / theologian, John O’Donohue?

These video clips are a
good intro to his work
!

 

Enter now to win a copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :
 
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Poet A.E. Stallings’s newly released collection of poems is one of the best poetry books of 2018

 

Like: Poems
A.E. Stallings

Hardback: FSG Books, 2018
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Here are three superb poems from this collection…

 

Art Monster
A.E. Stallings

 
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