This year I seem to need more quiet. Our families are simpler every year with expectations. Sometimes giving each other room to breathe seems one of the best gifts. I am blogging a little less and reading a little more.
Some thoughts to share . . .
Lora Zill, in her December 14, 2013 post, mentioned Kathleen Norris. I enjoyed many of her books too, and her thoughts about a contemplative life. Time to re-visit her work, and I haven’t read all of her books.
Lora’s site can be found at http://thebluecollarartist.com. I’ve known Lora for many years as Editor of Time Of Singing, a print journal, and enjoy how blogs, journals, and books all create a special community.
I mentioned Carol Purington in an earlier December post. One of my favorite books by her is her classic FAMILY FARM Haiku for a Place of Moons (1999, Winfred Press). I love what Carol says in her introduction: “Poetry tells truth in its own way.”
Carol’s work is also published in Time Of Singing. Here is a link to a few Christmas haiku by Carol, from Family Farm, that we published in 2011 on my first blog:
Yesterday Luci Shaw’s new book of poems arrived: SCAPE (The Poiema Poetry Series). The Foreword is by Eugene Peterson. Luci Shaw is “The Winner Of The 2013 Denise Levertov Award.” After I publish this post, I am going to begin reading slowly.
Finally, a conversation with Lora reminded me of a book I read from to my mother: THE CHRISTIAN IMAGINATION The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing; Leland Ryken, Editor (2002, Shaw Books, an imprint of WaterBrook Press). I plan to reread, and I doubt that I read the whole book before. Will share more thoughts with you.
My Quiet Christmas Poetry site seems to be touching a few hearts. It’s nice sometimes to collect poems in a new way.
Thanks for reading and blessings. What are some of your favorite books?
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