Glory in the Margins: Sunday Poems

Glory in the Margins: Sunday Poems

by Nikki Grimes
Glory in the Margins: Sunday Poems

Glory in the Margins: Sunday Poems

by Nikki Grimes


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New York Times bestselling author and poet Nikki Grimes explains, “A study of scripture reveals that Jesus spent a lot of time with people in the margins. As an African American, I live in the margins, and I can tell you that it's a place most of us would rather not be. And yet, I know there is always glory to be found in the margins because of the Lord’s presence in, and with us. As Poet Laureate of my Grace Brethren Church in Southern California, it’s my job to distill the heart of the weekly sermon into a poem. I dive into each week’s chosen scripture, viewing it from my own perspective as Black, as woman, as poet, always a little left of center, and looking for the glory to be found in the margins of life, and of the text. Of course, those of us who live in the margins are not what anyone expects, and the very notion that God might speak through us, through me, may seem a bit wild. But he does. ‘I will pour out my spirit on all flesh,’ said the Lord. God’s busy in the hearts of all who call on him.”

Glory in the Margins is published under Paraclete Press's Iron Pen imprint. In the book of Job, a suffering man pours out his anguish to his Maker. From the depths of his pain, he reveals a trust in God's goodness that is stronger than his despair, giving humanity some of the most beautiful and poetic verses of all time. Paraclete's Iron Pen imprint is inspired by this spirit of unvarnished honesty and tenacious hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640606777
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 09/28/2021
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 501,157
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling poet Nikki Grimes received the 2020 ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature. Author of over 75 books, her distinguished works include the modern classic Bronx Masquerade, award-winning verse novel Dark Sons on the life of Ishmael, memoir in verse Ordinary Hazards winner of the Printz Honor, Siebert Honor, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the acclaimed Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and NYT bestseller Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice. Creator of ALA Notable Poetry Book Come Sunday, At Jerusalem's Gate, and Voices of Christmas, Grimes has been featured in the pages of IMAGE Journal of Arts and Religion, World, Today's Christian Woman, Poetry Magazine, Hunger Mountain, and on the Academy of American Poets series, Poem a Day, among others. Once nominated for the Pushkin, her poetry can be found in numerous collections including The Golden ShovelAnthology. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

Table of Contents

Preface 7


His 13

Purge 14

Drum Major 15

In the Silence 16

Singularity 17

Gifted 18

Habitation 19

Enmeshed 20


Fathomless 23

Indelible 25

Promises, Promises 27

A Time to Shine 29

The Bright Side of Repentance 30

One Cookie Leads to Another 31

Ribbon of Blood 32

Sale Deposit 33


Dancing on the Edge 37

Like Locusts 39

The Sea of Despond 40

Jagged Journey 42

Marching Orders 43

Inauguration 45

Worth 47

Aftermath 49


The Sad Parade 53

Mourning Obscurity 54

Zero Balance 56

Alpha and Omega 57

Earth Day 59

Bitter Pill 60

Personal Epistle 62

Macedonia 63


Prickly Promise 67

Bare Hands 68

Holy Discomfort 69

Daily Planner 71

Entryway 73

Pentecost 74

His Hope 75

A Good Bet 76


Vessel 79

What Slinks Away 80

Legacy 81

God's Kitchen 82

A Page from the Pharisees 83

Amendment 84

The Meaning of Manna 86

Number One 87


Petition 91

Daily Dependence 92

Transparency 93

Hoarder Patrol 94

Doctor in the House 95

Seven Baskets 96

It's Mathematical 97

Brothers John 99


Reel vs. Real 103

Bend. Bow. Now. 105

Fueling Station 106

Team Jesus 107

Hurricane Paul 109

Peculiar Commission 110

A Garden of Stories 111

Mad Street 112


The Joy of Jubilee 115

Sticky Fingers 116

Keeping Accounts 117

Stuck in Bethesda 118

The Mark of Cain 119

Storm Watch 120

What Can I Get for You? 121

An Uncluttered Gospel 122


Who Can Spell Despair? 125

Remedy 126

Aslan 127

Fulfillment 129

Navigating No 131

The Plot Thickens 132

Irreplaceable 134

Camel's Hair 135


Rose of Sharon 139

Jezebel 140

Return Engagement 141

Love American Style 142

Qui of the Frying Pan 143

Epilogue 144

Pitcher of Plenty 145

Advent 146


Solomon's Sentiment 151

Favored One 153

Skin 155

A Proper Introduction 157

The Dance 158

Sky Watch 159

Living Proof 161

Magnified 162


Full Circle 167

Just Wait 169

Beyond Immersion 170

Message From the Father 171

Acknowledgments 173

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