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This anthology spans the first ten years of the poetry series at Paraclete Press. Included are poems by Phyllis Tickle, Scott Cairns, Paul Mariani, Anna Kamienska, Fr. John-Julian, SAID, Bonnie Thurston, Greg Miller, William Woolfitt, Rami Shapiro, Thomas Lynch, Paul Quenon, and Rainer Maria Rilke. "Paraclete is a house firmly rooted in presending and curating religious po This anthology spans the first ten years of the poetry series at Paraclete Press. Included are poems by Phyllis Tickle, Scott Cairns, Paul Mariani, Anna Kamienska, Fr. John-Julian, SAID, Bonnie Thurston, Greg Miller, William Woolfitt, Rami Shapiro, Thomas Lynch, Paul Quenon, and Rainer Maria Rilke. "Paraclete is a house firmly rooted in presending and curating religious poetry as part of the verbal experience that, being couched more deeply in the aesthetic than the didactic, has deep resonance and potent significance for the shaping of the surrounding culture itself. It means the on-going giving away and sharing of God with humility through mystery." ---Phyllis Tickle (1934-2015)


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This anthology spans the first ten years of the poetry series at Paraclete Press. Included are poems by Phyllis Tickle, Scott Cairns, Paul Mariani, Anna Kamienska, Fr. John-Julian, SAID, Bonnie Thurston, Greg Miller, William Woolfitt, Rami Shapiro, Thomas Lynch, Paul Quenon, and Rainer Maria Rilke. "Paraclete is a house firmly rooted in presending and curating religious po This anthology spans the first ten years of the poetry series at Paraclete Press. Included are poems by Phyllis Tickle, Scott Cairns, Paul Mariani, Anna Kamienska, Fr. John-Julian, SAID, Bonnie Thurston, Greg Miller, William Woolfitt, Rami Shapiro, Thomas Lynch, Paul Quenon, and Rainer Maria Rilke. "Paraclete is a house firmly rooted in presending and curating religious poetry as part of the verbal experience that, being couched more deeply in the aesthetic than the didactic, has deep resonance and potent significance for the shaping of the surrounding culture itself. It means the on-going giving away and sharing of God with humility through mystery." ---Phyllis Tickle (1934-2015)

50 review for The Paraclete Poetry Anthology: Selected and New Poems

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    I have been saved more than once by a good poem. N0t  because of its arresting metaphors or clever syntax. I enjoy imagery and love the music of words well used. The poems which have saved me are the ones that invited me to a whole new way of seeing the world. Our own senses give us a myopic view of reality. (Good) poetry transforms our perception. Paraclete Press has introduced me to some great poems in the past several years. The Paraclete Poetry Anthology: Selected and New Poems brings togeth I have been saved more than once by a good poem. N0t  because of its arresting metaphors or clever syntax. I enjoy imagery and love the music of words well used. The poems which have saved me are the ones that invited me to a whole new way of seeing the world. Our own senses give us a myopic view of reality. (Good) poetry transforms our perception. Paraclete Press has introduced me to some great poems in the past several years. The Paraclete Poetry Anthology: Selected and New Poems brings together a selections from the poets Paraclete  has published from 2005-2016. John Sweeney (Paraclete Press's former Editor-in-Chief and Publisher) writes the forward and Mark Burrows (editor) writes an introduction which describes the power poetry has to educate our souls. Book-ending this collection are, to my mind, the highest profile poets which Paraclete Press has published: Scott Cairns and Rainer Marie Rilke. There are five poems from Cairn's Slow Pilgrim: Collected Poems (2015) and six of his new poems. Cairns is an Orthodox Christian and which imforms his theological and aesthetic sensibilities. Rilke's selection comes from Prayers of a Young Poet—the collection of sixty-eight poems—translated by  Burrows. Rilke wrote in the voice of an Orthodox monk, though his poetry is not characterized by the same confidence Cairns has. His poems ache and search for encounter with the living Thou.   Burrows  provides fresh translation of several other Rilke poems. Between these two greats are other notable poets. There is the late Phyllis Tickle, the godmother of progressive evangelicalism. Her Hungry Spring & Ordinary Songs (2015) is another great emergence to those of us more familiar with here theological works. There are poems here from Paul Mariani, poems by Anna Kamienska (whose poem "On a Thresh Hold of a Poem" provides the introduction to this anthology), Fr. John-Julian, Said, Bonnie Thurston, Greg Miller, William Woolfit, Rami Shapiro, Thomas Lynch, and Paul Quenon. This is a solid collection. About half the poets are new to me. Those I knew, like Cairns, Rilke, and to a lesser extent, John-Julian, Said, and Rami I've read and re-read. This are not just a collection of poems. Theses are religious poems (mostly Christian). They turn transcendence and muse about divinity. Many of these poems pray, some describe and exegete. Others of these moan, sing and contemplate. On the whole a solid and varied collection. Each poem tells truth slant and opens up new vantage points for experiencing God and the world.  I give this anthology five stars and recommend this collection for anyone needing more poetry in their life (which is everyone). Note: I received this book from Paraclete Press in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Harry Allagree

    Recognition of the name of the founder of our Order of Julian of Norwich, Fr. John-Julian, as one of the poets of this new anthology (2016) was the motivating factor in obtaining the book. It's a lovely collection of poetry, old & new, by an assortment of interfaith religious writers, edited by Mark S. Burrows: Scott Cairns, Phyllis Tickle, Paul Mariani, Anna Kamienska, Fr. John-Julian Swanson, SAID, Bonnie Thurston, Greg Miller, William Woolfitt, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Thomas Lynch, Fr. Paul Queno Recognition of the name of the founder of our Order of Julian of Norwich, Fr. John-Julian, as one of the poets of this new anthology (2016) was the motivating factor in obtaining the book. It's a lovely collection of poetry, old & new, by an assortment of interfaith religious writers, edited by Mark S. Burrows: Scott Cairns, Phyllis Tickle, Paul Mariani, Anna Kamienska, Fr. John-Julian Swanson, SAID, Bonnie Thurston, Greg Miller, William Woolfitt, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Thomas Lynch, Fr. Paul Quenon, & Rainer Maria Rilke. I recommend a deliberate reading of the Introduction by Mark S. Burrows: a perceptive, sensitive & poetically beautiful meditation on "'A Sense of Presence': Poetry and the Education of the Soul". Burrows notes that "We are made for poems...With them we learn to new-name the world...Poetry helps us hold onto something within us and between us...'a way of happening'." Given the situation in the U.S. currently, where I find it easy these days to become discouraged & cynical, I found that another 'gift' of poetry suggested by Burrows is that: "They remind us what it means, against all the disappointments we face, to affirm life -- and thus find the courage to speak 'the barely sayable yes again, yes again, yes I will. Yes." -- quoting Paul Mariani's "I Did Say Yes".

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I am grateful to have won this poetry collection in a Goodreads Giveaway. I suggest this book for all admirers of language play and especially for christians or those interested in the christian religions. I intend to donate my copy to the library where I work to add it to our collection. The goal of this work, described in the introduction as making readers think while reading, is met by each of the poets throughout the collection. The publishing company is fantastic to have the intention to pub I am grateful to have won this poetry collection in a Goodreads Giveaway. I suggest this book for all admirers of language play and especially for christians or those interested in the christian religions. I intend to donate my copy to the library where I work to add it to our collection. The goal of this work, described in the introduction as making readers think while reading, is met by each of the poets throughout the collection. The publishing company is fantastic to have the intention to publish poems on sensational merit, not just for literary value! I appreciate the opportunity to have experienced these beautifully written poems! Many of the poems are uplifting and relatable. Even when I don't agree with a poem's sentiments, the beauty of the language still fosters appreciation!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    As others have commented when you read an anthology you don’t always love everything in it. That being the case I still discovered several poets I didn’t know before who I now want to read more of, among them Anna Kamieńska, Bonnie Thurston, and Thomas Lynch. I also enjoyed the introduction of this volume and its reflections on poetry, although that part was difficult to read as an ebook on my phone. I’d recommend this book for anyone looking to get into religiously (Christian) inspired poetry.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chad Ratliff

    Better than I thought it would be!!! I expected the average sentimental jargon but this collection really surprised me! It will definitely be read over and over.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    The poems in this book were beautiful, and I enjoyed every minute of reading them! Extremely deep and meaningful, and I recommend to every poetry lover.

  7. 5 out of 5

    KarnagesMistress

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

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    Amanda Rogozinski

    I have struggled to find contemporary poets that stir me the same way as my favorite classic writers like Hopkins. While no one can expect to compare to Hopkins, the poets in this volume demonstrate that quiet souls who have the gift of transforming how we see the world are as present as ever. Each poet has a strikingly different voice, but all of them write with a depth of insight and attention to craft that allow me to understand the message on a first reading but also stand up under repeated I have struggled to find contemporary poets that stir me the same way as my favorite classic writers like Hopkins. While no one can expect to compare to Hopkins, the poets in this volume demonstrate that quiet souls who have the gift of transforming how we see the world are as present as ever. Each poet has a strikingly different voice, but all of them write with a depth of insight and attention to craft that allow me to understand the message on a first reading but also stand up under repeated probing for further layers. Many poems center around themes of theology, presenting sacred ideas in a new light or wrestling with questions we all relate to. In no instance are these poems flippant, nor do they fall back on easy answers. Other poems are not directly spiritual but still look at the world and how to live well through a Christ-shaped lens. SAID's work is proverbial, Scott Cairns loves mysteries, and Anna Kamienska always seeks a humble space. The multitude of differing perspectives pair very well together, even more so as they bring together writers from countries such as Germany, Poland, and Iran, as well as throughout the United States, who reveal a kinship beyond cultural diversity. I discovered several poets in this volume that I hope to read more of their work, and have continued to go back to several favorite pieces. The translations from German or Polish are extraordinarily lovely renditions. For a complete review with several quotes visit TheWillowNook.com *Review copy courtesy of Paraclete Press*

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