Archives For *Poetry*

 

Slowly and Solemnly Imbibing
in the Mystical Language of Love

 
A Review of 
 

Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition
Translated and Edited by Omid Safi

Hardback: Yale UP, 2018
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Reviewed by Gwen Gustafson-Zook

 

It is said that an inscription of “Bani Adam” (Children of Adam), written sometime before the 13th the century by the Persian poet, Sa’di,  is inscribed somewhere in the UN Building in New York City. A translation of this beloved poem is found in the final section of Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition. In this collection, the poem is titled “Humanity and Suffering” and reads,

 

Humanity are members of one body
Created out of the same essence

when one member of the body
feels pain
others remain distraught

You,
unfeeling to the suffering of others
are unworthy
of the name human

SA’DI (d. 1291 CE)

 

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

*** Since this is a holiday week and since I was on vacation last week, this list includes titles from both last week and this week…

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

   

My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel

Ottessa Moshfegh

*** READ a review from The New Yorker

NEXT BOOK >>>>>

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Dancing with Death

 
A review of

Here Lies: Poems
Tom Hunley

Paperback: Stephen F. Austin State UPress, 2018
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Reviewed by Aarik Danielsen

 

We encounter two sure things in life. Once Tax Day comes and goes each April, we’re left with plenty of time to think about the other one.

There are nearly as many ways of dealing with death as there are living people. My soon-to-be 5-year-old, facing the death of a family member for the first time, asked scores of questions. Some were quite innocent, others surprising: “Do you want me to die?” he asked on an occasion I met with immediate reassurance.

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Anna Akhmatova

Saturday June 22 is the birthday of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova

Here are four elegant poems by her…

The Voice of Memory
Anna Akhmatova

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Yesterday (May 9) was the birthday of the late Jesuit priest and poet, Daniel Berrigan. Here are 7 of our favorite poems of his…

 

Like many others during the 1960s, Berrigan’s active protest against the Vietnam War earned him both scorn and admiration. His particular form of militancy and radical spirituality in the service of social and political justice was significant enough, at that time, to “shape the tactics of resistance to the Vietnam War” in the United States. (via Wikipedia)

 

If
Daniel Berrigan

 




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April is National Poetry Month!!!

 

To  celebrate and to encourage us all to read more poetry, here are seven of our favorite poetry collections from the last five years! 

ALSO, check out our lists of
CLASSIC and CONTEMPORARY poets
that you should know… 

 

   

The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems 

Molly McCully Brown

Listen to the Poet’s Conversation
with NPR’s Terry Gross
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Tomorrow (March 31) marks the anniversary of the death of poet John Donne (d. 1631).

As this weekend is also Easter Weekend, we remember Donne’s death with five poems he wrote about the death and resurrection of Jesus…

 

Seven More Classic Poems
for Easter Weekend!

 

Crucifying
John Donne

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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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