Wilderness Voices

Wilderness Voices

by Martha McKown

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The title, Wilderness Voices, comes from Isaiah: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." As a youth  the writer answered her call as Isaiah did, "Here am I; send me!" Her direction in life and her poetry are her response to God's call.
 These poems grew out of many thoughts, experiences and relationships. Some are surprisingly funny expressions of comic incidents. 
   Some poems explode with a look at history's treasure house of people, happenings, and events. War and active, but innocent warriors, tie the now with the past. Rows of tobacco or quiet snow can bring up the sadness and pathos of conflict for Mrs. McKown.
   A often used theme is the natural world. Storms and "groanings" of creation are given colorful attention, as well as, the benevolence of our biosphere. Many poems grow from the writers' childhood on a Kentucky farm, the youngest of a large family.
   Life and death are inspected and celebrated. There are musings on the questions about illness and the experience of aging. A Summer's Swim," recounts a swim of a 60-year-old with her dog:

                                                    My dog likes this child, this me,
                                                    Something tells me, I've been given
                                                    An adventure in Eden, before 'the fall.'
                                                    My spirit is renewed within me, sixty years and all.

    Mrs. McKown and her husband have traveled to some 20 countries and poems like, "Beauty and Love, and the Taj Mahal" 
grew from those encounters with different cultures. They lived in Panama and visited Christian missions in Central and South America, Europe, India and Nepal.
    Christmas meaning and its joy are sung often. Because the Christ event is central to this poetry.  Jesus spoke of John in Matthew, "Then what did you go out to see? A prophet?... I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you." Our call is still to prepare the way of the Lord.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158962455
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc
Publication date: 07/05/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 134
File size: 737 KB

About the Author

Martha McKown's definition of poetry: "Poetry is one's essence presented with style".  She is an ordained United Methodist 
minister with graduate degrees in Religious Education and Divinity.
        She was inspired as a very young child when her older sisters studied High School literature. She loved the early English folk ballads such as Barbara Allen and Lord Randal and occasionally joined their discussions. Her first book was Robert Lewis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. The Bible and other books were shared in the family circle by the fireplace.
         Her horizon was enhanced by attending area writers' groups and three courses from the Institute of Children's Literature. In addition
to writing poetry, she gives poetry programs for groups. As a speaker she presents her appreciation of the great poets and her adventures and encounters with poetry and verse. (Verse - poetry that didn't quite make it.!)
        Rev. McKown's poems have been published in newspapers and magazines, but this is her first book of poetry (and verse).

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