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The Poetry of Marie Howe

The Poetry of Marie Howe

Today I’m returning briefly to the blog-o-sphere to promote the work of contemporary poet Marie Howe. Thanks to a friend who always posts what poetry he’s reading on Facebook, I recently clicked over to read a remarkable poem called The Star Market on the New Yorker. “The people Jesus loved were shopping at the Star … Continue reading

Truth by Gwendolyn Brooks

Truth by Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks was one of America’s foremost and most prolific black poets of the 20th century, and was the first black author to win a Pulitzer. There’s a long essay about her life and work on poetryfoundation.org. Read literally, this is an appropriate poem for our dreary sunless days. Read allegorically as the dawning of … Continue reading

The dearest freshness

The dearest freshness

Oh woe to us in Munich: it is March, and snowy, cold, dreary, and grey, grey, grey. For all who are feeling a little bit grey of soul: a ray of light via GMH, who reminds us that “there lives the dearest freshness deep down things.” And if GMH could hold on to his faith … Continue reading

The Gift of Tears, Dorothee Sölle

The Gift of Tears, Dorothee Sölle

I have long loved this poem by Dorothee Sölle, one of the earliest and greatest German liberation/feminist theologians; this comes from her collection of poetry, fliegen lernen. It is a very appropriate poem for Lent. I couldn’t find a translation anywhere, so I made one of my own, which focuses on clarity and makes no … Continue reading

Poetry by Anna Kamienska

Poetry by Anna Kamienska

A Prayer Out of a spark and out of dust make me again again plant trees in my paradise once more give me the sky over my head So I could deny You with my reason call you forth with all my tears find You like love with my lips   – – – – … Continue reading

Trinity Sunday by George Herbert

Trinity Sunday by George Herbert

Trinitie Sunday: from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert Lord, who hast form’d me out of mud, And hast redeem’d me through thy bloud, And sanctifi’d me to do good; Purge all my sinnes done heretofore: For I confesse my heavie score, And I will strive to sinne no more. Enrich my heart, mouth, hands … Continue reading

Sermon-poems. Or poem-sermons.

Sermon-poems. Or poem-sermons.

Today I stumbled upon the sermons of one Rev. Melissa Skelton, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal in Seattle, who occasionally prepares sermons based on poetry. Each Sunday both a poem and a Scripture text are read in tandem and brought into conversation. While I can’t speak to their reception, at least on (electronic) paper, the … Continue reading

Poem: Someone (Einer) by Nelly Sachs

Poem: Someone (Einer) by Nelly Sachs

Here’s one to ponder & puzzle over: Someone Someone will take the ball from the hands that play the game of terror. Stars have their own law of fire and their fertility is the light and reapers and harvesters are not native here. Far off stand their granaries straw too has a momentary power of … Continue reading