When Poets Pray

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Poetry has long been the language that gives us pause, to ferry us deeper into the common and foreign, to give voice to the unspoken. Prayer, also, is a language that serves to usher us into the sacred, a private or communal conversation that allows for slowing down and releasing and filling. In When Poets Pray, we see how closely related the two languages are, in fact, even the same.

Marilyn McEntyre offers a reflective look at how poets have and continue to use prayer, how prayer can bring them closer to their Creator, others, themselves and their work. Each chapter serves to illustrate the work of a single poet. Among them include Lucille Clifton, Richard Wilbur, Mary Oliver, Francisco X. Alarcon, Thomas Merton, and many others and then, as if we are in a poetry workshop together, McEntyre begins the conversation, the unraveling and reweaving of the offerings. With a relatable style, she invites the reader into the quiet, often hard and also awe-struck things, the “noticing” of the ordinary and beautiful, sometimes ugly, and always real.

This slim book is much like a poem itself, holding many treasures in a small space, each reading revealing more of its truths.


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Author Marilyn McEntyre
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 160 pages
Publisher Eerdmans
Publish Date 2019-05-28
ISBN 9780802876584
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Issue September 2019
Category Poetry & Short Stories
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