Denise Levertov’s ‘On A Theme By Thomas Merton’

Posted on March 27, 2014

Lent with the Poets #4.  Series Introduction is here.  Why are some writers of faith celebrated in American Christianity while others are not? That is my question about today’s poet, Denise Levertov. Among Christians devoted to the arts, Levertov is profoundly appreciated. Yet she hasn’t received the wider acclaim and affection that many afford to Frederick…

‘Possible Answers to Prayer’ by Scott Cairns

Posted on March 20, 2014

by Jack King. Lent with the Poets Series #3.  Series Introduction is here.  In the first two posts of this series, I featured a few 19th-century poets whose verse addresses Lenten themes. For the third feature, I’ve chosen a current American poet, Scott Cairns, who continues to publish poetry. Cairns is an Orthodox Christian who incorporates the richness…

‘Up-hill’ by Christina Rossetti

Posted on March 13, 2014

by Jack King. Lent with the Poets Series #2.  Series Introduction is here.  This week’s poet is Christina Rossetti, a 19th century Anglican poet who is often compared to Emily Dickinson. Christmas seems incomplete without Rosetti’s lyrical carols, such as In the Bleak Midwinter and Love Shown Down at Christmas. Yet the richness of Rossetti’s verse has been sorely neglected…

Rainer Maria Rilke’s ‘No One Lives His Life’

Posted on March 6, 2014

Introducing Anglican Pastor’s Lent with the Poets Series Today is a day of new beginnings for all of us walking this Lenten journey. Ash Wednesday began the Lenten season yesterday and we’re focused on living into the disciplines we’ve undertaken for these next 40 days. Today is also a new beginning for me as I join…