Category: Books

Winter

The holiday swag on the cedar tree continues to be beautiful. Karl took this photo yesterday.

W onderful time of
I nspiration and
N ew books
T o
E njoy
R eading

WINTER acrostic poem

Icy Deck by Lake Michigan
Photo by Karl yesterday

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes: Book Reviews

I enjoyed reading the recent BOOK REVIEWS in Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry (Volume 46, “Intermezzo,” Fall 2019). Lora Homan Zill is editor.

Inspired by the reviews, I ordered a few books.

Two examples are:

Lanterns by Lorraine Joy McLeod. Published by Xlibris, 2018. Reviewed by Elizabeth Howard.

What Cannot Be Fixed by Jill Peláez Baumgaertner. The Poiema Poetry Series. Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock, 2014. Reviewed by Lora Homan Zill.

I also reread books by poets I have read for years and years. Luci Shaw is an example. And every week, I enjoy poems by many poets through our blogs. Poetry goes with me wherever I go, and sometimes is simply stored in my heart. Thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes

This week I reviewed some of our archives, and created posts for Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin. Readers of this site will also be familiar with some of the content.

Time and Place

Time and Place: Grateful for Parks in Town

The first two posts include many of Karl’s photos. I like to think we are adding to the record of our local history. As I reviewed, I saw that I wrote several new haiku this year, and created a post for the poems.

Haiku 2019

And I wrote a post, Christmas 2019, for Quiet Christmas Poetry, so readers know the book is still available, with information about where to order. We created the book from the site in 2014, and I write an update once in a great while. Perhaps the book will be an introduction to blogs for some readers.

Garden Journal
July 5, 2019
Photos by Karl

Ellen Grace Olinger

Short Poems: Christmas, Winter, New Year

This is a selection of poems from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook. A few of the poems were previously published, as noted here and in the book.

sudden cold —
Christmas cactus
already blooming

Time Of Singing
December, 1997

holiness
and humility
Christmas

cold country night
two deer in the front yard
graze in starlight

lighting the
Christmas candle
tiny flame
transforms
the night

Hermitage (2005)
The Writers’ Bistro (2007)

third year since
Jesus called Mom home
Christmas bouquet
of baby’s breath
and evergreens

Time Of Singing
Winter 2006/2007

snowflakes
floating in the air
separate
together
artists
across places
and time

He giveth snow

like wool:

he scattereth the hoarfrost

like ashes.

Psalm 147: 16 (KJV)

new year
on the horizon
simple lines
of barns and trees
in the fog

placing the new calendar
on the wall
all the new spaces
without words
God’s time

The book is 32 pages. The last two pages are NOTES – pages for the readers. Someone may wish to write a poem or reflection. Perhaps someone in a nursing home may think, “I can write too.”

The book was printed by GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Our book can be ordered from the books page at Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry.  All proceeds benefit this print poetry journal, edited by Lora Homan Zill.

Quiet Christmas Poetry

ADVENT acrostic poem

A  doration and
D  evotion
V  ision of
E  ternity
N  ow in
T  ime

This is a poem from Quiet Christmas Poetry, which is both a site and a large print chapbook.

Our book can be ordered from the books page at Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry.  All proceeds benefit this print poetry journal.

The cover art photo of the winter Lake Michigan beach is by Karl.

Creative Notes

CHRISTIAN PUBLISHING 101: The comprehensive guide to writing well and publishing successfully – for new authors, editors, and students. ANN BYLE, Foreword by Jocelyn Green. Credo House Publishers, Grand Rapids Michigan. Copyright 2018 by Ann Byle.

I learned about CHRISTIAN PUBLISHING 101 from the Time Of Singing site. Editor Lora Homan Zill’s chapter in the book is “The Heart of a Poet: Writing to Challenge Readers.”

Just beginning to read this book.

On a related note, Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry is now publishing Volume 46. I have subscribed for years. TOS is currently published four times a year by Wind & Water Press (Conneaut Lake, PA).

I also bought the new edition of WALKING ON WATER: Reflections on Faith and Art, by Madeleine L’Engle. Preface by Sara Zarr and Reader’s Guide by Lindsay Lackey. Convergent Books, New York. Madeleine’s book was first published in 1980 by Harold Shaw Publishers. An important book for me, over the years.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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