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The Genesis of a Hymnal
 
A Review of 
 

Auden, the Psalms, and Me
J. Chester Johnson

Paperback: Church Publishing, 2017
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Reviewed by David E. Anderson

 
 

Choosing a new hymnal is controversial enough for many congregations, so consider the emotions that surround revising a centuries-old Psalter. In the late 1960s the Episcopal Church (the U.S. member of the Anglican Communion) undertook a revision of their Psalter in parallel with revising their Book of Common Prayer. Work on the Psalter, which had been used with minor tweaks since the 1500s, began around 1968 and was completed in 1971, and work on the BCP concluded in 1979.

One of the original members of the committee charged with revising the Psalter was the English poet W. H. Auden (1907–1973), whose winter home was New York City in the late 1960s. Auden was intimately familiar with the Psalms from his childhood in the north of England, but as importantly (and not noted in the book reviewed here), he had written librettos, with his partner Chester Kallman, to be set to music for composers including Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, and Hans Werner Henze.

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In honor of Women’s History Month, here is our recommended list of living women poets that you should be reading and talking about. We read everything we can get our hands on by these poets, and will continue to read and review their work.

 

See also:

Ten Important Women Theologians

These poets are arranged in alphabetical order by their last names… 
 

Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander is an American poet, essayist, playwright, and the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2018. Periviosly she was a professor for 15 years at Yale University, where she taught poetry and chaired the African American Studies department.(via Wikipedia)

Books by Elizabeth Alexander

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This excellent new collection of poems
is now available…

 

The Undressing:
Poems

Li-Young Lee

 
Hardback: WW Norton, 2018
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Listen to an NPR interview with the poet…

 
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Tomorrow (Feb. 9) is the birthday of poet and novelist Alice Walker.

Here are five of our favorite poems by her…

All the Toys
Alice Walker

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Jan. 28 marks the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas.

We celebrate the occasion with three hymns that he wrote, and that have been passed down through church history…

 

Want to read more Aquinas?
Our Intro Reading Guide

 

Adoro te devote
St. Thomas Aquinas

(Trans. Gerard Manley Hopkins)

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TODAY (Jan. 19) marks the birthday of American writer Edgar Allan Poe (b. 1809).

We celebrate the occasion with five of our favorite poems by him…

 

Get Poe’s Complete Works
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To Helen
Edgar Allan Poe

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TODAY (Jan. 4) marks the anniversary of the death of John O’Donohue, the celebrated Irish poet and philosopher.

In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce his work…

*** Books by John O’Donohue

 

Beauty 2016 – Our Election Meditation
that draws on John O’Donohue’s work…

 

The On Being Interview:

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Words That Propel Us Forward

A Review of

Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir
Jill Bialosky

Hardcover: Atria Books, 2017
 
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Reviewed by Jenn Moland-Kovash
 
 

The author of this book has come under fire
on accusations of plagiarism. She has refuted these charges,
and been backed by many of her writer colleagues.
Despite these charges, this book is one that merits our attention.

 

The first thing you need to know about Poetry Will Save Your Life Buy it in print. Buy the hardcover edition. This is a book you’ll want to hold. Keep the dust jacket on as you read it: the jacket has a fine texture to it, the finest of fine grits of sandpaper. And once you open the cover, you’ll find a marbled green and gold paper lining the front and back. Is it supposed to evoke topography, the ranges of life? Or an art project from youth? Or do the glimmers of gold shimmer with the insights that Jill Bialosky, the author, draws from the lines of poetry tucked inside her memoir?
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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Love, Remember: 40 Poems of Loss, Lament and Hope

Malcolm Guite

*** Read the book’s introduction via Google Books

 

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

What Will Soon Take Place: Poems

Tania Runyan

 

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