Ten New Poetry Books to Read in 2017!

April 20, 2017 — Leave a comment

 

April is National Poetry Month! 

Although poetry is not easy read in our age of lightning-fast communications and instant gratification, it is an important way of learning to slow down and pay attention to the beauty and the brokenness of the world around us. 
 
We all would do well to infuse our lives with more poetry!
 

Here are 10 new poetry books that will be released in 2017 and that we are super-excited about!

(Including collections by Christian Wiman, Mary Oliver, Tania Runyan, and MORE)
 
 

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 A Gathering of Larks: Letters to Saint Francis from a Modern-Day Pilgrim

Abigail Carroll

Eerdmans, March 2017

Who was Saint Francis? Today he is most often a sweet ceramic statue in a garden, a sentimentalized romantic figure. But A Gathering of Larks, containing forty personal letters from Abigail Carroll to Francis, reveals him to be a complex man who lived a fascinating life of radical faith.

These letters—part devotion, part historical biography, part contemporary engagement, and part inspiration—reveal Carroll’s curiosity and wonder about Francis. She celebrates his whimsical idealism and impetuousness, explores his spirituality and commitment to poverty, and sometimes even questions him. She also uses Francis as a sounding board for larger questions about the world—and, through her own experience, explores how brokenness makes experiencing redemption possible.

As beautiful as it is insightful, alight with a pilgrim’s growing sense of discovery, A Gathering of Larks has both range and depth that will uplift readers and challenge them to better understand this singular saint and how he might speak to and shape their way of living in today’s world.

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What Will Soon Take Place: Poems (Paraclete Poetry)

Tania Runyan

Paraclete Press, December 2017

What Will Soon Take Place is an imaginative journey through the book of Revelation. It offers a poet’s view of the prophetic, not in the sense of seeking out clues to the “end times,” but a means of taking this strange, fantastic book of scripture and letting it read its way into personal lives. This is not prophecy as foretelling, but forth-telling: telling us the truths of our lives in the light of God’s light. But rather than escape into some safe, heavenly realm, the poems return to our homes and meet us in the form of our neighbors, persecuted believers, and in shopping malls with vivid, edged-up language and the authority to believe and doubt at once.

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Joy: 100 Poems

Christian Wiman

Yale UP, November 2017

Christian Wiman, a poet known for his meditations on mortality, has long been fascinated by joy and by its relative absence in modern literature. Why is joy so resistant to language? How has it become so suspect in our times? Manipulated by advertisers, religious leaders, and politicians, joy can seem disquieting, even offensive. How does one speak of joy amid such ubiquitous injustice and suffering in the world?

In this revelatory anthology, Wiman takes readers on a profound and surprising journey through some of the most underexplored terrain in contemporary life. Rather than define joy for readers, he wants them to experience it. Ranging from Emily Dickinson to Mahmoud Darwish and from Sylvia Plath to Wendell Berry, he brings together diverse and provocative works as a kind of counter to the old, modernist maxim “light writes white”—no agony, no art. His rich selections awaken us to the essential role joy plays in human life.

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IMAGE CREDIT: Detail from cover of Still Pilgrim: Poems By Angela Alaimo O’Donnell