Tagged with poetry

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

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

Sabbath Poem: Emily Dickinson

Sabbath Poem: Emily Dickinson

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church – I keep it, staying at Home – With a Bobolink for a Chorister – And an Orchard, for a Dome – Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice – I, just wear my Wings – And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church, Our little Sexton – sings. … Continue reading

Sabbath Poetry: Wendell Berry

Sabbath Poetry: Wendell Berry

Whatever is foreseen in joy Must be lived out from day to day. Vision held open in the dark By our ten thousand days of work. Harvest will fill the barn; for that The hand must ache, the face must sweat. And yet no leaf or grain is filled By work of ours; the field … Continue reading