D.S. Martin is Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series from Cascade Books. He is honoured to have had the opportunity to edit these collections, along with these fine poets.
Remembering Jesus is quite different from anything John Leax has ever written: Carefully-crafted sonnets and pleasingly-structured poems thoughtfully written from the imagined perspectives of those who saw Christ first-hand. Richard J. Foster has said, “John Leax is one of today’s premier poets. With Remembering Jesus he utilizes his poetic skills in the serious business of imaginative play. Take! Read! Enjoy!”
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Jill Peláez Baumgaertner has been an influential presence for years, from her post at Wheaton College, and as Poetry Editor at The Christian Century. Paul Mariani says of this collection, “Reading—no, experiencing—the poems of Jill Baumgaertner is like entering the dawn of the eighth day of creation, they are that beautiful and true. . . . How is it that this poet can so quickly and quietly and seamlessly draw us into the living dream of the holy?”
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Tania Runyan’s new collection leaps from a familiarity with the writings and life of the apostle Paul. Jill Paláez Baumgaertner, the poetry editor of The Christian Century, has said, “While these poems are anchored by Paul’s familiar words, his directives and admonishments, Tania Runyan’s plucky responses challenge traditional pictures of the believer’s life…These are spirited and intimate pictures of a suburban woman’s encounter with holy mystery, often both unpredictable and oddly comforting.”.
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British poet, Malcolm Guite has written, “D.S. Martin’s lovely suite of poems, written in response to the legacy of C.S. Lewis, will delight all lovers of Lewis’s work as each new poem picks out and sheds light on different facets of Lewis’s genius. . . . Amidst the long shelves of writing about Lewis, this slim volume will give more pleasure, show more insight, and win more friends than most.”
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Luci Shaw is the author of ten previous books of poetry. She was selected to be the 2013 recipient of the Denise Levertov Award. Jeanne Murray Walker has said that Scape is “Luci’s most witty, brilliant book. . . . One after another, these poems ground the reader utterly in the concrete and physical—and then, with the jet engine of metaphor, they take off into the world of spirit.” Since 1988 Luci Shaw has been the Writer in Residence at Regent College in Vancouver.
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Paul J. Willis has just completed his term as Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, California, where he lives and is a Professor of English at Westmount College. A dominant influence on his life and writing has been being a mountaineer. He grew up in Oregon, close to the Cascade Mountains. His love of nature, and of the most pristine places on the continent becomes evident in each of his three poetry collections. Sofia M. Starnes has said, “When Paul Willis writes, ‘the confused but steady luster of dawn, /clear skies born from gasp of night, /the breathless story’, he encapsulates the faith and beauty of his new collection.”
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The sixth book in the Poiema Poetry Series is A Word In My Mouth: Selected Spiritual Poems by Robert Cording. (Publication date: 09/11/2013)
Robert Cording is a Connecticut poet who has now published seven poetry books. He has said, “My task of late has been to evoke what I would call the primordial intuitions of Christianity. What are they?—that we live in a world we did not create; that God’s immanent presence is capable of breaking in on us at every moment; that most of the time we cannot ‘taste and see’ that presence because we live in a world of self-reflecting mirrors; that only by attention alone…can we live in the world but outside of our existing conceptions of it.”
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Barbara Crooker is the author of four poetry books – Gold being her latest collection. She has also published ten poetry chapbooks. Her poems have appeared widely in such publications as Beloit Poetry Journal and The Christian Century — have received awards such as the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence for her second collection, Line Dance — and have been heard on BBC Radio and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writers Almanac.
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Julie L. Moore’s poems have appeared in over 100 publications, and she is the recipient of many awards, including the Paul Mariani Scholarship for Excellence in Poetry from Image’s Glen Workshop. She is the Writing Center Director and an Associate Professor of English at Cedarville University in Ohio. “Broad in scope—theological, ecological, and personal—and acutely particular in details—witnessed and lived—the affecting poems in Particular Scandals explore how one endures suffering, avoiding the clichés of both bitterness and transcendence.”
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Robert Siegel is the author of five poetry collections; he has also written several novels, including the Whalesong trilogy which has been translated into seven languages. For 23 years he directed the graduate creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “Written over five decades, these poems begin fixed in the human condition, our common experience of an imperfect world. Slowly, under the aegis of the Spirit, they move toward a brighter vision of things: they ask us to ‘dream in that fecund darkness until all shapes are shining.’” Listen to a podcast about this book from John Wilson, editor of Books & Culture.
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Paul Mariani is the author of seven poetry collections. He is also known for the biographies he’s written of poets, such as William Carlos Williams (for which he was a finalist for the American Book Award), John Berryman, Robert Lowell, and, most recently, Gerard Manley Hopkins. In Epitaphs for the Journey: New, Selected and Revised Poems, Paul Mariani revisits forty years of writing poems, including revising many of his earlier lyrics, to shape his latest volume into a life lived and lived again over the past seven decades. Read a review from: Vineyards.
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Sydney Lea is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Pursuit Of A Wound (2001) which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Lea is the founding editor of New England Review, where he served from 1977 until 1989. He is the poet laureate of Vermont. These poems—selected from the award-winning poet’s output over four decades—more explicitly than any of his prior volumes address the centrality of Christian vision to his aims and aspirations. Read a review from: ImageUpdate.
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