by D. S. Martin


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D.S. Martin's new poetry collection Ampersand brings together portraits & observations where the poet reflects upon artists, saints, reformers, poets, his own elderly parents, & various biblical characters—including twelve poems written for each of the twelve disciples. Ampersand—as the title suggests—brings together many disparate things, giving room for diverse reflections on human experience & the world in which we live.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532647697
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/14/2018
Series: Poiema Poetry Series
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

D. S. Martin is author of four poetry collections including Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013), and Poiema (2008). He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College. As Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series (Cascade Books) he has edited more than twenty collections and two recent anthologies—The Turning Aside: The Kingdom Poets Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry, and Adam, Eve, & the Riders of the Apocalypse.

Table of Contents

& (Ampersand) 1

Saints & Stumblers

The Twelve 5

The Camera Lies 14

Portrait With Eyes Turned Aside 15

Confession 16

Piazza Santa Croce 17

Convalescence 18

Longevity 19

Night-Bound (John Newton) 20

The Night of Saint Lucy's Day 22

Cecilia's Song 23

Jephthah 25

Chasing the Blues 26

Instrumental 27

Rembrandt, 1633 28

White Chagall 29

Pietà 30

Figure 31

Passion Suite 32

The Castle Church 38

Nomenclature 39

St Paul's Cathedral 40

The Flower of His Ruin 41

Nothing For It 42

Philippi 43

The Mind of Alfred Hitchcock 44

Riel at Batoche 46

Memphis, 1968 48

Falling 49

Peas & Queues

Notice 53

The Signpost 54

The Hibiscus 55

Pawns & Queens 56

Approaching Sheol 57

The Sign of the Broken Sword 58

Black Water 60

The Astounded Soul 61

Peace & Quiet 63

Paris & Quebec 64

Psalm of Unbroken Bones 65

Qualms 67

Evanescence 68

Dreaming the Mississippi 69

Dreaming of Trees 71

Belong 72

Silver Moon 77

Besides the Common Emptiness 78

Glosselle: William Blake 80

Sightseeing 81

Glosselle: T.S. Eliot 82

Dominican Sky (Higher & Higher) 83

Glosselle: Robert Frost 84

November 85

Crossword 86

Tintern Abbey 88

The King's Highway 89

The Soul as a Grocery Cart 90

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Taking his cue from the ampersand, D.S. Martin demonstrates that there is always more to discover and marvel at. Equipped with an artistic sensibility and honed poetic skills, he reaches beyond, or dips deep into, known details and finds ‘new & unexpected possibilities’ in subjects as diverse as Jesus’ disciples, a Chagall painting, Tintern Abbey and a roadside signpost. These fresh perspectives, undergirded with precise descriptions and carried by an assured voice, will engage the reader and reward every reading.”

—Sarah Klassen, author of Monstrance and The Wittenbergs

“As its title, Ampersand, suggests, this book proceeds by addition. It bountifully celebrates language, the gift God honored when he asked Adam to name the animals. On every page, Ampersand praises the very instrument of telling. I love its wonderfully inventive babble, fizz, flash and dazzle of sound as it retells biblical narratives, as it muses on places and things of this world.”

—Jeanne Murray Walker, author of Helping the Morning

“Don Martin’s new book connects many worlds—Christianity, art (both painting and literature), family, geography. These deeply felt poems trace the very human ‘continual patterns’ of ‘conflict & resolution.’ What underlies Ampersand is Martin’s deeply held belief in waiting and persevering. We must wait and persevere, Martin wisely knows, because we are dim-sighted and ‘slow to wonder.’ . . . In short, Don Martin’s poems illustrate the ‘benefit of . . . persistent belief,’ which helps us find at times the unlikely connection between the suffering soul & the astounded soul.”

—Robert Cording, author of A Word in My Mouth, and Only So Far

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