The Turning Aside edited by D.S. Martin

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


Interview with D.S. Martin concerning The Turning Aside from the Faith Today blog

Review in the Englewood Review of Books by Brent Newsom

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?

John Terpstra, Margo Swiss, Richard Greene, and D.S. Martin at Toronto launch event for The Turning Aside.




Review at Faith, Fiction, Friends blog by Glynn Young

Review in The Banner by Adelle Gallogly