Invisible Light: Poems about God

Invisible Light: Poems about God

by Diana Culbertson
     
 

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,

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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 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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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)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

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.

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.

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.

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.

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