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By Canisia Lubrin. 2017
Voodoo Hypothesis is a subversion of the imperial construct of "blackness" and a rejection of the contemporary and historical systems… that paint black people as inferior, through constant parallel representations of "evil" and "savagery." Pulling from pop culture, science, pseudo-science and contemporary news stories about race, Lubrin asks: What happens if the systems of belief that give science, religion and culture their importance were actually applied to the contemporary "black experience"? With its irreverence toward colonialism, and the related obsession with post-colonialism and anti-colonialism, and her wide-ranging lines, deftly touched with an intermingling of Caribbean Creole, English patois and baroque language, Lubrin has created a book that holds up a torch to the narratives of the ruling class, and shows us the restorative possibilities that exist in language itself.
By Billy-Ray Belcourt. 2019
In the follow-up to his Griffin Poetry Prize–winning collection, This Wound is a World, Billy-Ray Belcourt writes using the modes… of accusation and interrogation. He aims an anthropological eye at the realities of everyday life to show how they house the violence that continues to reverberate from the long twentieth century. In a genre-bending constellation of poetry, photography, redaction, and poetics, Belcourt ultimately argues that if signifiers of Indigenous suffering are everywhere, so too is evidence of Indigenous peoples’ rogue possibility, their utopian drive.In NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, the poet takes on the political demands of queerness, mainstream portrayals of Indigenous life, love and its discontents, and the limits and uses of poetry as a vehicle for Indigenous liberation. In the process, Belcourt once again demonstrates his extraordinary craft, guile, and audacity, and the sheer dexterity of his imagination.
The highly anticipated annual anthology of the best Canadian and international poetry. Each year, the best books of poetry published… in English internationally and in Canada are honoured with the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious and richest literary awards. Since 2001 this annual prize has tremendously spurred interest in and recognition of poetry, focusing worldwide attention on the formidable talent of poets writing in English and works in translation. Each year The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology features the work of the extraordinary poets shortlisted for the awards and introduces us to some of the finest poems in their collections.
By Mike Barnes. 2019
These poems, organized in four sections, engage first with infant appetites, others, and social justice, before turning inward to traverse… the perilous heights and depths of the mind, drawing on Barnes' own experience of mental illness and his years of caring for his mother in her dementia. The latter half of the book addresses shifts in ways of thinking and feeling that allow contraries to meet and inform one another, and concludes with poems of peace and nourishing meditative connection. 2019.
By Gwen Benaway. 2018
In her third collection of poetry, Holy Wild, Gwen Benaway explores the complexities of being an Indigenous trans women in… expansive lyric poems. She holds up the Indigenous trans body as a site of struggle, liberation, and beauty. A confessional poet, Benaway narrates her sexual and romantic intimacies with partners as well as her work to navigate the daily burden of transphobia and violence. She examines the intersections of Indigenous and trans experience through autobiographical poems and continues to speak to the legacy of abuse, violence, and colonial erasure that defines Canada. Her sparse lines, interwoven with English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), illustrate the wonder and power of Indigenous trans womanhood in motion. Holy Wild is not an easy book, as Benaway refuses to give any simple answers, but it is a profoundly vibrant and beautiful work filled with a transcendent grace.
By Teva Harrison. 2020
In this remarkable, frank, and gut-wrenching mix of words and images, Teva continues on her journey, grappling with what it… means to live with metastatic breast cancer. She plunges deep into her inner world, shadowing the progression of the disease. Reality takes on sharp edges: the swell of cancer and its retreat with chemo. Her inner corporeal reality versus her outer manifestation of health, vitality, and femininity. Holding fast to the great love of her life, while preparing to leave him behind. Contemplating who she was before cancer, and who she is now.Starkly honest and wholly profound, Not One of These Poems Is About You distills life to its essence. Teva Harrison continues to gift the world with her clear-eyed insight and her open heart.
By Nyla Matuk. 2019
Resisting Canada gathers together poets for a conversation bigger than poetic trends. The book's organizing principle is Canada--the Canada that… established residential schools; the Canada grappling with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; the Canada that has been visible in its welcome of Syrian refugees, yet the not-always-tolerant place where the children of those refugees will grow up; the Canada eager to re-establish its global leadership on the environment while struggling to acknowledge Indigenous sovereignty on resource-rich land and enabling further colonization of that land. In the face of global conflicts due to climate change, scarcity, mass migrations, and the rise of xenophobic populisms, Canada still works with a surface understanding of its democratic values--both at their noblest and most deceptive. The work included in Resisting Canada--by celebrated poets such as Lee Maracle, Jordan Abel, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Louise Bernice Halfe, Michael Prior, and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson--addresses, among other things, Indigenous agency, cultural belonging, environmental anxieties, and racial privilege. These poems ask us to judge and resist a statecraft that refuses to acknowledge past and present wrongs. Think of Resisting Canada as a poetic letter to Canada's politicians and leaders.
By Edward Dorn, Marjorie Perloff. 1968
Fiftieth Anniversary Edition Gunslinger is a fundamental American masterpiece ---Thomas McGuane This fiftieth anniversary edition commemorates Edward Dorn… s masterpiece Gunslinger a comic anti-epic critique of American capitalism that still resonates today Set in the American West the Gunslinger his talking horse Claude L vi-Strauss a saloon madam named Lil and the narrator called I set out in search of the billionaire Howard Hughes As they travel along the Rio Grande to Truth or Consequences New Mexico and finally on to Colorado they are joined by a whole host of colorful characters Dr Jean Flamboyant Kool Everything and Taco Desoxin and his partner Tonto Pronto During their adventures and hijinks as captured in Dorn s multilayered absurd and postmodern voice they joke and smoke their way through debates about the meaning of existence Put simply Gunslinger is an American classic In a new foreword Marjorie Perloff discusses Gunslinger s continued relevance to contemporary politics This new edition also includes a critical essay by Michael Davidson and Charles Olson s idiosyncratic Bibliography on America for Ed Dorn which he wrote to provide guidance for Dorn s study of and writing about the American West
By Rafael Campo. 2018
In Comfort Measures Only Rafael Campo bears witness to the unspeakable beauty bound up with human suffering Gathered… from his over twenty-year career as a poet-physician these eighty-nine poems thirty-one of which have never been previously published in a collection pull back the curtain in the ER laying bare our pain and joining us all in spellbinding moments of pathos The poet who is also truly a healer revives language itself its sounds channeled through our hearts and lungs its rhythms amplified through the stethoscope to make meaning of our bewilderment when our bodies so eloquently and yet wordlessly fail us Campo s transcendent poems in all their modernity amidst the bleep of heart monitors and the wail of ambulance sirens remind us of what the ancients understood that poetry sustains us and whether we live or die through what we can imagine and create in our shared voices we may yet achieve immortality
By Krista Tippett. 2016
I m a person who listens for a living I listen for wisdom and beauty and… for voices not shouting to be heard This book chronicles some of what I ve learned in what has become a conversation across time and generations across disciplines and denominations Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time The heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast On Being has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage Scientists in a variety of fields theologians from an array of faiths poets activists and many others have all opened themselves up to Tippett s compassionate yet searching conversation In Becoming Wise Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from this luminous conversation in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey over time and from mind to mind The book is a master class in living curated by Tippett and accompanied by a delightfully ecumenical dream team of teaching faculty The open questions and challenges of our time are intimate and civilizational all at once Tippett says - definitions of when life begins and when death happens of the meaning of community and family and identity of our relationships to technology and through technology The wisdom we seek emerges through the raw materials of the everyday And the enduring question of what it means to be human has now become inextricable from the question of who we are to each other This book offers a grounded and fiercely hopeful vision of humanity for this century - of personal growth but also renewed public life and human spiritual evolution It insists on the possibility of a common life for this century marked by resilience and redemption with beauty as a core moral value and civility and love as muscular practice Krista Tippett s great gift in her work and inBecoming Wise is to avoid reductive simplifications but still find the golden threads that weave people and ideas together into a shimmering braid One powerful common denominator of the lessons imparted to Tippett is the gift of presence of the exhilaration of engagement with life for its own sake not as a means to an end But presence does not mean passivity or acceptance of the status quo Indeed Tippett and her teachers are people whose work meets and often drives powerful forces of change alive in the world today In the end perhaps the greatest blessing conveyed by the lessons of spiritual genius Tippett harvests in Becoming Wise is the strength to meet the world where it really is and then to make it better
By Wendy Pope. 2017
The Wait and See Participant’s Guide teaches through the lives of Joseph, Moses, David, Nehemiah, Abraham and Sarah, and Noah… to show participants how to wait well on God’s plan for their life. Waiting well · teaches us to trust His delays rather than doubt His ways; · looks forward to the future while staying present in the present; · waits with God, not on God; · is more about experiencing God rather than enduring the delay; · focuses on the Person of our faith rather than the object of our wait; and · pushes through the pause by doing what we know to do. After watching a ten-minute teaching session in the companion DVD, participants will study the Bible together and answer questions about the person being studied. The entire curriculum is covered during the Bible study, and there is no outside homework or additional reading. This study is ideal for busy women.
By David Hinton. 1992
The first collection of original poetry by the renowned nature writer and highly lauded translator of the Chinese classics Traveling… today I found a river somewhere inside me wondered how far it wanders there and how much sky it mirrors All day long wind and desert light I followed that river s distances Weaving mind and landscape together in meditations on sky and wind ridgeline and horizon existence and self Desert marks David Hinton s first collection of original poetry in over a decade Hinton s poetic art has long shined brilliantly through his widely acclaimed Chinese translations and here speaks for itself in his contemporary voice as he turns his attention to the transcendent landscape of the American West Updating the philosophical insights of ancient China that Hinton has explored so deeply these poems bring the wonder and ancient mystery of the desert landscape to light Hinton demonstrated in The Wilds of Poetry how those ancient Chinese insights shaped the innovative American poetry of our time and here he extends that tradition in poems that are spare and spacious as vast and open as the desert itself
By Katie M. Reid, Lisa-Jo Baker. 2018
An invitation for overachievers to discover what it means to rest as God s daughters without compromising their God-given design… as doers Though she didn t sit at Jesus s feet like her sister Mary biblical Martha was loved just as she was--and you are too This practical resource invites modern-day Marthas to sit down spiritually as they exchange try-hard striving for hope-filled freedom without abandoning their doer s heart in the process Doers need to be affirmed in their innate design to do rather than sit yet also be reminded that they don t have to overdo it in order to be worthy This book is not an exhortation to add or subtract things off your to-do list but it is an invitation to embrace the good of the Good News Here is an offer to step into your position as a daughter of God and to enjoy life as a doer
By David Platt, Greg D. Gilbert, Sebastian Traeger. 2018
Reclaim God s vision for your life Many Christians fall victim to one of two main problems when it comes… to work either they are idle in their work or they have made an idol of it Both of these mindsets are deadly misunderstandings of how God intends for us to think about our employment In The Gospel at Work Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert unpack the powerful ways in which the gospel can transform how we do what we do releasing us from the cultural pressures of both an all-consuming devotion and a punch-in punch-out mentality - in order to find the freedom of a work ethic rooted in serving Christ You ll find answers to some of the tough questions that Christians in the workplace often ask What factors should matter most in choosing a job What gospel principles should shape my thinking about how to treat my boss my co-workers and my employees Is full-time Christian work more valuable than my job Is it okay to be motivated by money How do you prioritize - or balance - work family and church responsibilities Solidly grounded in the gospel The Gospel at Work confronts both our idleness at work and our idolatry of work with a challenge of its own - to remember that whom we work for is infinitely more important than what we do
By Mike Aquilina, Kevin Vost, Shane Kapler. 2014
"Lord, teach us to pray"--the petition of the most intimate followers of Jesus--remains the heartfelt petition of every Christian disciple… down to the present day. The divine gift of the "Our Father" is the foundation of our life of prayer, but it is only the beginning of how Jesus leads us through himself to the Father. Shane Kapler's Through, With, and In Him offers practical ways to open up this vital dimension of our spiritual lives, instructing us in how the Church's sacraments and private devotions unite us to the prayer continually issuing forth from the heart of Christ. In this, as in all things, Christ is the Door. This new book by the author of The God Who is Love brings us to the threshold of that Door, and beyond.
By Marlo Schalesky. 2018
Sometimes life hurts. Sometimes you’ve struggled, and stumbled, until it even hurts to hope. Perhaps you’ve faced a spiritual crisis… of disappointment, doubt, or a feeling of distance from God due to unanswered prayers and painful circumstances. But what does it mean to encounter Christ in those times? What does he say to us when we have nothing left to say? How do we see him when pain has silenced our prayers and blinded our souls? In Reaching for Wonder, Marlo Schalesky explores fifteen of the New Testament’s one-time encounters with Christ to illuminate the surprising character of a God who transforms our pain into wonder. Because sometimes life isn’t at all as we want it to be... Because we lose the wonder in the hardships of life ... Because encountering Christ changes everything... Like those who have gone before, following God’s call isn’t about easy faith, a life of effortlessness, or every prayer answered when and how we want. Instead, it’s about encountering God so deeply, so significantly, that everything about your circumstances, about your life, about you, changes because of God. In these New Testament stories you’ll find guidance to a deeper understanding of God’s plan for you, a more vibrant faith, and a fuller trust in God. Plus you’ll find hope in knowing that your life may not be as you had envisioned it, but is one in which God is doing a mighty work.
By Jim Weidmann. 2013
By Gary Thomas, Juli Slattery. 2018
This ground-breaking resource challenges and equips Christians to think and act biblically and compassionately in matters of sexuality.Sexual abuse, sex… addiction, gender confusion, brokenness, and shame plague today's world, and people are seeking clarity and hope. By contesting long-held cultural paradigms, this book equips you to see how sexuality is rooted in the broader context of God's heart and His work for us on earth. It provides a framework from which to understand the big picture of sexual challenges and wholeness, and helps you recognize that every sexual question is ultimately a spiritual one. It shifts the paradigm from combating sexual problems to confidently proclaiming and modeling the road to sacred sexuality. Instead of arguing with the world about what's right and wrong about sexual choices, this practical resource equips you to share the love and grace of Jesus as you encounter the pain of sexual brokenness--your own or someone else's.
By David Lehman. 2017
Poems in the Manner Of is an illuminating journey through centuries of writers who continue to influence new work today,… including that of respected poet and series editor of The Best American Poetry David Lehman.“Very few writers can actually shape how you see the world. David Lehman is such a writer,” says Robert Olen Butler. Now the Best American Poetry series editor and New School writing professor channels, translates, and imagines a collection of “poems in the manner of” Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Rilke, William Carlos Williams, and more. Lehman has been writing “poems in the manner of” for years, in homage to the poems and people that have left an impression, experimenting with styles and voices that have lingered in his mind. Finally, he has gathered these pieces, creating a striking book of poems that channels poets from Walt Whitman to Sylvia Plath and also calls upon jazz standards, Freudian questionnaires, and astrological profiles for inspiration. Intelligent and sparkling, this is a great gift for poetry fans and a useful resource for creative writers. These are poems of wit and humor but also deep emotion and clear intelligence, informed by Lehman’s genuine and knowledgeable love of poetry and literature. From Catullus and Lady Murasaki to Wordsworth, Neruda, Virginia Woolf, W.H. Auden, and Charles Bukowski, Poems in the Manner Of shows how much life there is in poets of the past. And like Edward Hirsch’s How to Read a Poem and Robert Pinsky’s Singing School, this book gives you more than poetry. Whether you’re reading for pure enjoyment or examining how a poet can use references and influences in their own work, Poems in the Manner Of is a treasure trove of literary pleasures and food for thought.
By David Lehman, Edward Hirsch. 1950
The premier anthology of contemporary American poetry continues--guest edited this year by award-winning poet Edward Hirsch, a Chancellor of the… Academy of American Poets and the president of The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.The Best American Poetry series is "a vivid snapshot of what a distinguished poet finds exciting, fresh and memorable" (Robert Pinsky); a guiding light for the mood and shape of modern American poetry. Each year, this series presents essential American verse and the poets who create it. Truly the "best" American poetry has appeared in this venerable collection for over twenty-five years. A poet of decided brilliance since his 1981 debut collection, For the Sleepwalkers, Edward Hirsch curates a thoughtful selection of poetry for 2016 and an Introduction to be savored. Jumpha Lahiri said of Hirsch, "The trademarks of his poems are...to be intimate but restrained, to be tender without being sentimental, to witness life without flinching, and above all, to isolate and preserve those details of our existence so often overlooked, so easily forgotten, so essential to our souls." Hirsch's choices for this collection reflect the soul of poetry in America. As ever, series editor David Lehman opens this year's edition with an insider's guide and a thoughtful contemplation of poetry today.