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When Poets Pray

by Marilyn Mcentyre

Hardcover: $20.99

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ISBN: 9780802876584

Page Count: 160

Publication Date: 5/28/2019

Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5

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Two dozen select prayer poems to learn from and live with

Poetry and prayer are closely related. We often look to poets to give language to our deepest hopes, fears, losses—and prayers. Poets slow us down. They teach us to stop and go in before we go on. They play at the edges of mystery, holding a tension between line and sentence, between sense and reason, between the transcendent and the deeply, comfortingly familiar.

When Poets Pray contains thoughtful meditations by Marilyn McEntyre on choice poems/prayers and poems about prayer. Her beautifully written reflections are contemplative exercises, not scholarly analyses, meant more as invitation than instruction. Here McEntyre shares gifts that she herself has received from poets who pray, or who reflect on prayer, believing that they have other gifts to offer readers seeking spiritual companionship along our pilgrim way.


Hildegard of Bingen
Lucille Clifton
Walter Chalmers Smith
Robert Frost
Wendell Berry
Joy Harjo
John Donne
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Marilyn McEntyre
George Herbert
Thomas Merton
Denise Levertov
Scott Cairns
Mary Oliver
Marin Sorescu
T. S. Eliot
Richard Wilbur
Francisco X. Alarcon
Anna Kamienska
Michael Chitwood
Psalm 139:1-12

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Library Journal (STARRED review)
“Readers will be challenged to think beyond personal needs to a universe that needs assistance. McEntyre’s selections and commentary help bring us alongside a poet who expresses needs and thoughts clearer than one could imagine. . . . Strongly recommended for all libraries.”
Catholic Library World
“Overall, this book is a healthy reminder of the necessity of prayer and the varied methodology of prayer and praying.”
Church Times
“This short book demands slow and steady attention. It is not a book to read in one sitting: it is too rich and too deep for that kind of gorging. It is a book to be enjoyed, treasured, and prayed with.”

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