Poetry

Brian Doyle 7-09-2014

And it turned out that they had gone over the million / Prayer mark for our son

The Editors 6-13-2014

Daneil Beaty performs “Knock Knock,” a powerful poem that tells the story of his father’s incarceration.

Madeline Mysko 6-04-2014

I consider the moonflower: / how the big spent blooms look like / three linen tea towels rinsed and wrung out

Rebecca Kraybill 6-03-2014

Daniel Beaty in "Through the Night"

A conversation with writer and performer Daniel Beaty.

Samuel Harrison 5-13-2014

"Elevation of the Cross," by Peter Paul Rubens

Through the slippery spirit's incomprehensible means / A perfect surrender.

Rose Marie Berger 4-04-2014

A poetry reading from Wendell Berry's "This Day"

Kathleen Gunton 4-03-2014

So that for a short moment there is no death.

Julie Polter 4-03-2014

St. Peter's B List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints by Ave Maria Press / Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development by IVP Books / Noah's Flood: Ancient Stories of Natural Cataclysm by Ingrid Esther Lilly / iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Personal Lives by Brazos Press

Robert Hirschfield 4-03-2014

Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life. University of Illinois Press.

A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov. University of California Press.

Rose Marie Berger 3-06-2014

This Day: New & Collected Sabbath Poems. Counterpoint.

Zach Czaia 3-05-2014

There are tour guides who speak / all the human tongues, and we are trampled / for being famous blades / but then are resurrected.

Kathleen McCoy 2-04-2014

Sometimes even we— / pierced with arrow-words, with brassy / cacophonies of slurs—stand in calm.

Robert Hirschfield 2-04-2014

Marking the centennial of pacifist poet William Stafford

Christian Piatt 1-22-2014
Wellspring, Oleh Slobodeniuk / Shutterstock.com

Wellspring, Oleh Slobodeniuk / Shutterstock.com

Recently, I presented this piece at the Christianity 21 Conference in Denver, and then at South Broadway Christian Church later that same week, also in Denver. I’ve been asked by several in attendance to post what I offered, so here’s the text below. The talk was accompanied by a slide show that depicted a combination of Hubble telescope images, electron microscope images and artists/musicians. I considered making that into a video, with me narrating the text underneath, but it takes a lot of time. So let me know if this is something you have particular interest in and I’ll try to make it happen.

In the Beginning

Art Saves lives because art is at the source of all life.
It is the taproot to the dormant breath of God,
Dwelling within all of creation, waiting for invitation.
What we think of today as art is not art.
It has become another product to be consumed,
Rather than a phenomenon to be engaged,
And experience to we have to submit ourselves to,
Allow ourselves to be changed,
And in doing so, catch a fleeting glimpse of
The author, the wellspring,
The essence of what it means to be a soul draped in skin and bone.

[Poem continues after the jump.]

V. Jane Schneeloch 1-05-2014

If my belief were a hickory nut / I'd keep it safe in my pocket

The Editors 12-19-2013

Hasidic poet, Yehoshua November, on the mystery of God.

Harry C. Kiely 12-11-2013

The voices are singing, “All will be well, All will be well.”

Philip Metres 11-05-2013

Image by K. J. Snoes

If Advent is a time / of waiting, of joyful anticipation, why are we / so often troubled?

Rebecca Kraybill 11-05-2013

Father Michael Doyle's poetry captures a city of despair and hope.

Robert Manaster 10-02-2013

Be the pulse driven from a broken shell.

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