Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Edwin Robertson, editor and translator

Zondervan, 1999

While imprisoned by Hitler at Flossenburg in 1945, Bonhoeffer wrote ten poems that speak to his profound faith and fierce willingness to sacrifice for it. These poems are a witness to his life.  Robertson re-creates the setting and reviews the poems for their meaning for the writer, history, and for Christians.

 

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 Coleman Barks

HarperOne, 2006  

A book of a year's poetry by the most popular poet in America, the 13th century Sufi mystic, Jelauddin Rumi. Barks, his best-known translator and editor, offers a wide selection of favorites for daily inspiration.

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Daniel Ladinsky, translator

Penguin Compass, 2002

Here is a selection of divine poetry by Christian and Muslim mystics: Rumi, St. Francis of Assisi, Hafiz, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and others.

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Rachel Barenblat

Phoenicia Publishing, 2011

 

Rachel Barenblat is a Jewish Renewal rabbi, poet, and blogger whose poetry has been published in various periodicals and her own books. 70 Faces: Torah Poems is a reference to "There are seventy faces to Torah" from Bamidbar Rabbah 13:15, a midrash on the Book of Numbers.

Kay Ryan

Grove Press, 2011

Pulitizer prize winner and former American Poet Laureate  (2008-2010) Ryan offers a collection of her poems, which are not merely "accessible," but real.  They are often compared to haikus, but they are in a longer version.

 

Mary Oliver

Penguin Press, 2012 

The beloved contemporary poet's newest volume of poetry about the mysteries of nature, life, and death.

 

Mark Willliams

Lulu, 2009 

This refreshing volume of poetry by Williams, a spiritual director and author, is like a soft rain on spring buds. His poems celebrate the exhuberance and abundance of the beauty of life and the wonder of God's love.

Judith Valente

Charles Reynard

Loyola Press, 2006 

This unusual book is a compilation of poems which invite spiritual reflection and short essays about the poems and their authors and other prose on matters of the spirit and heart. 

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