A Lot of the Way Trees Were Walking

A Lot of the Way Trees Were Walking

by Cynthia Briggs Kittredge


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This cycle of poems travels the path of the Gospel of Mark, rereading and retelling the story, flashing back and anticipating, reading from unusual vantage points, flowing with the author's perspective and rowing against it. Crossing the genres of poetry and biblical interpretation, the poems themselves become a way to experience the Gospel of Mark.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498200509
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Pages: 118
Sales rank: 1,125,242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Briggs Kittredge is Dean, President, and Professor of New Testament at Seminary of the Southwest. She is the author of Community and Authority and Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of John. She is coeditor of the Fortress Commentary on the New Testament.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Begin: Mark 1:1-15

What Shall I Cry? 3

Jordan 4

Prophecy 5

Prophet 6

Desert 7

Abstract 8

Tear 9

Apocalypse 10

Follow: Mark 1:16?8:21

Because 13

Entries 14

In Waiting 15

Fierce Industry 16

Party 17

Outlaw 18

Where to Look 19

Weather 20

Ciarification 21

Animals 22

Wisdom 23

Ams Niven Wilder 24

Intercalation 25

Stone 26

Herod Says 27

Antonym 28

Repartee 29

Feast of Crumbs 30

See: Mark 8:22?10:52

Downside 33

Resolution 34

Clarity 35

Certain 36

Prediction 37

Thrown 38

Limit 39

Escape 40

Road 41

Garment 42

Shadow 43

Enter: Mark 11:1?12:44

Enter 47

Acclaim 48

Ready 49

Sunday 50

Pray 51

Leaves 52

Curse 53

Parable 54

Whole Life 55

Watch: Mark 13:1-37

Discourse 59

Regret 60

Don't 61

Break: Mark 14:1?15:20

How 65

Forever 66

No 67

Table 68

Run 69

Place 70

Asleep 71

Metal 72

Both 73

Charoal 74

Routine 75

Die: Mark 15:21-47

Fathers 79

Man on a Stick 80

Unicorn 81

Dark 81

Translate 83

Untitled 1 84

Untitled 2 85

Untitled 3 86

Far 87

Offering 88

Sure 89

Go: Mark 16:1-8

Promise 93

Finish 94

What 95

What (cont'd) 96

Full 97

See 98

Know 99

Easter 100

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Terse, teasing, quixotic, discomfiting, needling away at mind and imagination, Cynthia Kittredge's poems mirror the qualities of Mark's Gospel. Reading them singly, or as a whole sequence, invites the reader into disconcerting perplexity and opaqueness, yet offers the prospect of cleansed seeing, surprising angles of vision, renewed and more risky faith."

—Nicola Slee, author of Praying Like a Woman

"Buy this book! You will keep these poems close at hand, returning to them again and again. Read the whole Gospel of Mark—aloud—without distraction of devices and duties. Do it again. Then read some of these poems—again undistracted by devices—and in some other quiet time read more, or the same ones, again. Kittredge will lead you into immersion in the Gospel, into probing, puzzling, questioning, fresh encounters, flashes of new insight. . . . Working through the Gospel with the provocation of these poems will be a continuing process: revealing and unveiling."

—Richard Horsley, author of Hearing the Whole Story

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