A Word in My Mouth
Selected Spiritual Poems
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Over decades, Robert Cording has created a body of poetry that can bear serious comparison with the tradition of English-language spiritual poetry. What marks Cording as a poet in this tradition is his quiet insistence on the value of inwardness in an age devoted to external distraction and his willingness to keep examining and feeling. There is no epiphany mongering in these poems. Rather, there is commitment to the crucial nature of provisional truth."
--Baron Wormser, author of Scattered Chapters
"I feel morally and temperamentally improved upon witnessing Cording's poetic witness--not because his instruction is in the least heavy-handed (quite the contrary), but because it is based in such profound and ultimately delighted observation and reflection. Of course, this wonderful author's work confronts the tragedies and reversals of human existence, but finally it echoes the scriptural injunction to recognize the day the Lord has made, to rejoice and be glad in it."
--Sydney Lea, author of Six Sundays toward a Seventh
"Robert Cording's journey into faith has yielded some of the most important poems of the age. He articulates the darkest questions and deepest yearnings of the spirit, in stately lines that turn and return to his perennial theme: how to discover meaning in 'the silence between stitches,' which extends into eternity, through all the glories of this world--bird and tree and wave. . . . A Word In My Mouth is filled with such astonishments."
--Christopher Merrill, author of The Tree of the Doves