The Poiema Poetry Series

Poems are windows into worlds; windows into beauty, goodness, and truth;
windows into understandings that won't twist themselves into tidy dogmatic
statements; windows into experiences. We can do more than merely peer
into such windows; with a little effort we can fling open the casements, and
leap over the sills into the heart of these worlds. We are also led into familiar
places of hurt, confusion, and disappointment, but we arrive in the poet's
company. Poetry is a partnership between poet and reader, seeking together
to gain something of value-to get at something important.

Ephesians 2:10 says, "We are God's workmanship . . ." poiema in Greek-
the thing that has been made, the masterpiece, the poem. The Poiema Poetry
Series presents the work of gifted poets who take Christian faith seriously,
and demonstrate in whose image we have been made through their creativity
and craftsmanship.

These poets are recent participants in the ancient tradition of David,
Asaph, Isaiah, and John the Revelator. The thread can be followed through
the centuries-through the diverse poetic visions of Dante, Bernard of Clairvaux,
Donne, Herbert, Milton, Hopkins, Eliot, R. S. Thomas, and Denise
Levertov-down to the poet whose work is in your hand. With the selection
of this volume you are entering this enduring tradition, and as a reader
contributing to it.
-D. S. Martin
Series Editor

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