Invisible Light: Poems about God

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For the first time God is the subject of a poetry anthology in English. Among the classic poets represented in this collection are Donne, Herbert, Milton, Blake, Emerson, E. B. Browning, Tennyson, Dickinson, and Hopkins; among the twentieth-century poets, Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, Countee Cullen, Jessica Powers, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Denise Levertov, Anne Sexton, Alicia Ostriker, and Kathleen Norris. From the chorus of these many poetic voices come stunning words, images, and insights -- from Paul ...

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Overview

For the first time God is the subject of a poetry anthology in English. Among the classic poets represented in this collection are Donne, Herbert, Milton, Blake, Emerson, E. B. Browning, Tennyson, Dickinson, and Hopkins; among the twentieth-century poets, Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, Countee Cullen, Jessica Powers, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Denise Levertov, Anne Sexton, Alicia Ostriker, and Kathleen Norris. From the chorus of these many poetic voices come stunning words, images, and insights -- from Paul Murray's depiction of "that needle's eye / through which all the threads / of the universe are drawn" to Gwendolyn Brooks's touching rumination on God as someone lonely, who "tires of being great / in solitude. Without a hand to hold."

Invisible Light is divided into three sections: "From God" (in God's voice, in the first person), "To God" (generally prayers, addressed to God, in the second person), and "About God" (in the third person).

Witty, passionate, melancholic, sanguine, and ecstatic, the poems approach their single subject from the most diverse attitudes and perspectives. "The doubters, believers, lovers and philosophers, the anguished and flippant, submissive and prayerful, speak for us and about us," Diana Culbertson writes. "Through their words, we may possibly see God anew."

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What People Are Saying

Christopher de Vinck

Those who seek a compassionate God of light will find substance in Diana Culbertson's fine anthology. These poems... are intelligently selected and spiritually rewarding.

Christopher de Vinck, author of The Power of the Powerless

Steven Norman

Exceptionally fine collection of poetry about God as conceived in the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Poets whose work is included range from John Donne to Jack Kerouac to Denise Levertov. Sparse but helpful explanatory notes. Beautifully printed.

Steven Norman, PLA, "Outstanding" Rated Titles from University Press Books: Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries, also selected for School Libraries

Kathleen Norris

This thoughtful collection gives the contemporary reader a new sense of the tradition of Christian verse.... It instructs, refreshes, and delights.

Kathleen Norris, poet, essayist, author of Cloister Walk

Frederica Mathewes-Green

In this collection we see the path of the Holy Spirit as it moves through human lives over the course of thousands of years, stirring up words from overflowing hearts.

Frederica Mathewes-Green, radio and TV commentator, author of Facing East

Christopher de Vinck

Those who seek a compassionate God of light will find substance in Diana Culbertson's fine anthology. These poems... are intelligently selected and spiritually rewarding.

Steven Norman

Exceptionally fine collection of poetry about God as conceived in the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Poets whose work is included range from John Donne to Jack Kerouac to Denise Levertov. Sparse but helpful explanatory notes. Beautifully printed.

Kathleen Norris

This thoughtful collection gives the contemporary reader a new sense of the tradition of Christian verse.... It instructs, refreshes, and delights.

Frederica Mathewes-Green

In this collection we see the path of the Holy Spirit as it moves through human lives over the course of thousands of years, stirring up words from overflowing hearts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231120623
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2000
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Culberton is professor emerita of English and comparative literature at Kent State University. She is the author of The Poetics of Revelation and the editor of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop: Selected Writings.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction
from Isaiah 3
from Psalm 50 4
from the Book of Job 6
from Noah's Flood 8
from Divine Weekes and Works of Guillaume du Saluste, Sieur du Bartas (from "Eden," The First Part of the First Day of the II. Week) 10
The Pulley 12
from Paradise Lost (from Book 3): For man will hearken to his glozing lies 13
The Future Peace and Glory of the Church 15
My Meat and Drink 17
The Created 18
Boston Hymn 19
The Island 22
The Story of Abraham 23
The Canticle of the Void 25
Cover Photograph 28
Psalm 33
The Knight's Prayer 35
A Prary 36
The Father 37
De Profundis 39
Author of Light 40
from Holy Sonnets - (1): Thou has made me, and shall thy work decay? 41
from Holy Sonnets - (14): Batter my heart, three-personed God 42
A Hymn to God the Father 43
To Heaven 44
A Hyman to God the Father 46
Man's Natural Infirmity 48
A Song 49
The Book 50
Amendment 52
Huswifery 54
The Ebb and Flow 55
The Universal Prayer 56
Our God, Our Help in Ages Past 59
from A Hymn on the Seasons 61
from Thoughts on the Works of Providence 63
Abide with Me 64
Grace 65
Nearer My God to Thee 66
The Pillar of the Cloud 68
The Human Cry 69
Night 70
The Rock 71
God Not Afar Off 72
"Heavenly Father," take to thee (102) 73
The look of Thee, what is it like? (91) 74
Before the Beginning 75
None Other Lamb 76
The Bedridden Peasant 77
[Agnosto Theo] 79
Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord 80
Recessional 81
Stand by Me 83
The Hands of God 85
from Eleven Addresses to the Lord - (1) 87
And What Do I Owe You, God 89
Paganly 90
Matins 91
Psalm 23 95
from Hymn of Heavenly Beauty 96
To Find God 98
God's Anger without Affection 99
Love (3) 100
The Collar 101
The Revival 103
from Samson Agonistes : Just are the Ways of God 104
from Paradise Regained (from Book 2): But now I feel I hunger 105
from An Essay on Man 106
from The Task (from Book 6, "The Winter Walk at Noon") 108
The Divine Image 110
On Another's Sorrow 111
from Religious Musings 113
God Scatters Beauty 115
A Child's Thought of God 116
The Higher Pantheism 117
No coward soul is mine 119
All circumstances are the frame (145) 121
God-Forgotten 122
Pied Beauty 124
The Hound of Heaven 125
from The Black Riders - (39) 131
He's Jus' de Same Today 132
Night 134
The Mystery 135
Yet Do I Marvel 136
The Garments of God 137
Via Negativa 138
Watchmaker God 139
Knowledge of God 140
The Preacher: Ruminates behind the Sermon 141
The Proof 142
Ordinary God 143
The Task 144
Small Wire 145
The Imperfect Paradise 146
But God Is Silent / Psalm 114 147
from Unholy Sonnets - (17) 148
Naming the Living God 149
About the Poets 151
Copyright Acknowledgments 167
Index 171
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