The Turning Aside: The Kingdom Poets Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry
Edited by D.S. Martin. Published November 9, 2016.
This anthology is the 20th book in the Poiema Poetry Series. It includes poetry by many of the finest Christian poets of our time, including R.S. Thomas, Margaret Avison, Richard Wilbur, Wendell Berry, Les Murray, Marilyn Nelson, Dana Gioia, Scott Cairns, Christian Wiman, as well as each of the poets from this series.
“I have been waiting for this collection for thirty years, literally. I am almost speechless. In this company of poets, lifters-of-the-veil between heaven and earth, I have no need for my own words. I only want to borrow theirs. And I shall–in worship, in church, in literary company. I am certain this magnificent collection will turn many aside from our mechanistic tromp through our days into the wondrous, piercing reality of God-with-us right here, right now.”
–Leslie Leyland Fields, poet, speaker, and author of Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas
Marjorie Maddox (left) & Barbara Crooker (right) presented a panel discussion at the Eastern Christianity & Literature Conference along with Jeanne Murray Walker, featuring readings from The Turning Aside. Can you guess which poet had already left the conference before they thought of taking a picture?