project: focused devotion

vine tendril reaching through air

God, I can push the grass apart
And lay my finger on Thy heart!

— Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Renascence”
http://www.bartleby.com/131/1.html

With the long tradition of Christians exploring their faith through the poetry they write, isn’t it odd that we see so little of those poems? Let’s change that.

In a Christian intellectual culture that encourages close reading grounded in the whispers of the Holy Spirit, I want to use those skills to walk alongside our sister and brother poets — reading their poems, connecting them with Scripture, and turning our shared revelation out towards the world.

I’ve developed a nine-week class of Christian devotional poems from all periods of English-language writing, set with selected Psalms. An intimate group put it through its paces in winter 2015.

Interested in downloading the syllabus?

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Interested in participating the next time the class is offered? Contact me.

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