Dr. Kathleen Butler-Lowrie received her doctorate in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University. She had such a love of learning, Kathleen achieved 18 hours in post-doctorate English at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has published many poems and some journal articles. She has ghost-written one book. Kathleen has been a professor of English most of her career at community colleges and universities. She currently lives in Lehigh Acres, Florida with the love of her life, Art Butler-Lowrie.
The Life of Christ Through Poetry and Other Poemsby Dr Kathleen Butler Lowrie
The first half of THE LIFE OF CHRIST THROUGH POETRY AND OTHER POEMS is intensely spiritual. The first section follows Jesus Christ from his birth to his ascension. The second section, DIALOGS WITH GODMAN are personal prayers formed into poetry. The third section, OTHER POEMS are poems of this world. They are about everyday people doing everyday things. Some poems are autobiographical. The three sections together are a culmination of thirty years of writing poetry. I hope you enjoy the book. What follows is a selection from each section:
BALLAD OF SOME MIRACLES OF GOD-MAN
The Lord was walking down the road;
Begged leper to be healed.
The Lord healed him to ease his load;
Leper laughed and squealed.
The Centurion came and asked,
For his servants' good health.
Christ said, "Order be done, the task."
Servant was healed with stealth.
Then Peter's dear mother-in-law,
Did have a high fever.
The Lord healed her every flaw.
Now, she's a believer.
Next, God-Man expelled the possessed,
And cured those afflicted.
From all illnesses, he gave rest.
Tell no one." he restricted.
IN PRAISE OF THE GOD-MAN
Lord, we start out the New Year with you.
Bless us, as you always do.
Protect us from all evil,
And all forms of upheaval.
Know that we praise your name,
And keep the candle of our birth aflame.
When sadness penetrates the soul, the heart,
And steals the joy of sensuous desire,
And magic of sweet love turns bitter tart,
And flustered lust is beaten to retire,
Then lovers undertake to love no more.
The idle fascination satisfied.
The bodies, breasts, and darting eyes of whores,
Were once the husbands, housewives, but they died.
No more are eager, tender whispers heard.
In bedrooms, lamentations take their place.
The whole conception, love is but a word.
These thoughts have proven; stated is my case.
But nothing changes; lovers will still lust,
And will continue till they turn to dust!
I hope you enjoy th
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Thanks to some unfortunate seventh grade English classes, many people would rather get a root canal than read poetry. Our teachers presented poems as always being complex and complicated – hard. We were never convinced that they were worth the effort. It is refreshing to find a poet whose style is grounded enough to allow ordinary readers easy access. The work is very personal and intimate. It is always touching to be allowed to share someone’s thoughts and fears and hopes. There is a sense in which writing a book like this is an act of bravery. The author presents us with an extremely broad set of stylistic choices. Many major types of poem are represented in the text - haiku (“Sun”) and visual (“The Egg”) and limerick (“My Honey Bear”) – but I think that the blank verse are the most successful. The autobiographical poems present an arc from naïve confusion to pain to acceptance of contentment. I hope that this resolution is a mirror of the author’s current life.