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Relating Hebrew Poetry to a Visual Audience Have you ever wondered why many Christians today have a hard time relating to the Old Testament? Its pages are filled with exquisite poetry, and yet a growing majority of Bible readers overlook its wisdom because the truths of the New Testament seem more “practical” and “easier to grasp.” But why is this? The answer: we’re a visual culture. We immediately relate to the New Testament because i»
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No introduction today. Sometimes the soul can only speak in poetry. Be With “I just want to be with you.” my child’s plea so sweet, so simple. a stutter trying to interrupt the fast-revolving wheel my spinning presence in no moment standing still. It feels unnatural to stop with no objective no self-validating task. to only be be with. And later, open journal in my lap, I grope for prayer, for words to wake a passion in my soul,»
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Yesterday I learned about a new form of poetry: Tanka. Tanka is like the big sister of Haiku, a little bigger and maybe a bit more grown-up. Although I understand the syllable count is not a strict requirement, the Tanka adds two lines (each of 7-ish syllables) to the 5-7-5 structure of the Haiku. While offering more freedom, Tanka is also more focused – presenting an image from the natural world and then expressing emotional meaning throug»
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So, April is National Poetry Month. In our wonderful digital age this means, of course, that a community has organically sprung up to write and share poetry this month: National Poetry Writing Month or NaPoWriMo. The idea is to write a poem a day all through April. My efforts during November for NaNoWriMo (1 novel in one month) fell dismally short, but I’m blaming that on the fact that, you know, I was in the final stages of preparation for an»
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I’m not an avid poetry reader, until there are seasons like Christmas. Here are two of my favorite poems by Ann Weemsenjoy: Yesterday’s Pain In the godforsaken, obscene quicksand of life, there is a deafening alleluia rising from the souls of those who weep, and of those who weep with those who weep. If you watch, you will see the hand of God putting the stars back in their skies one by one Yesterday’s Pain Some of us walk in Advent tethere»
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For the past several years, I have taken to reading poetry on Sunday mornings. Wendell Berry’s, A Timbered Choir: Sabbath »
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I fell in love with poetry in college, as I wrestled with writing it myself. I have the privilege of knowing some wonderful poets, people whose words lift me to a higher plane and make me think about ordinary things differently. I hope that you will enjoy these as much as I have. Brother Lawrence Prepares an Omelet by Thom Satterlee Maplewood by Aaron Housholder In Which I’m From Second-Hand Skates by Sarah Bessey If you like this one, you»
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It’s National Poetry month. In years past, I have participated. I have started in April with good intentions. Writing a poem every day, maybe. It seldom lasts. This month, I’ve been reading the poetry of two of my favorite professors here and here. There is something wonderful in forcing yourself to create art often. It isn’t easy, and sometimes you don’t like what you come up with. In some ways, that is what I’m doing with this blog: c»
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Google’s homepage 1998–1999 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Allow me to show you some poignant, although perhaps depressing, poetry I wrote in about five seconds just now: It’s your Birthday, It’s your story; It’s your choice. It’s your move. That’s fantastic, though I say it myself. And I actually wrote two words of that: ‘It’s your’; the rest of it was written by Google’s automatic suggested search terms. Give it a go yourself!»
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Google’s homepage 1998–1999 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Allow me to show you some poignant, although perhaps depressing, poetry I wrote in about five seconds just now: It’s your Birthday, It’s your story; It’s your choice. It’s your move. That’s fantastic, though I say it myself. And I actually wrote two words of that: ‘It’s your’; the rest of it was written by Google’s automatic suggested search terms. Give it a go yourself!»