Jane Hirshfield – A Hand – Poem for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, Year C

The Englewood Review of Books curates a weekly series of classic and contemporary poems that resonate with the themes of the lectionary readings. Here is one of the poems for this coming Sunday (More poems for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, Year C can be found here)

A Hand

Jane Hirshfield

to accompany the lectionary reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

SNIPPET:

A hand is not four fingers and a thumb.

Nor is it palm and knuckles,

not ligaments or the fat’s yellow pillow,

not tendons, star of the wristbone, meander of veins.


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Jane Hirshfield is an American poet, essayist and translator whose work is often described as sensuous, insightful, and clear.  Her love of the natural world  is expressed in her poetry, particularly how she sees beauty in the ordinary. Oftentimes, her poems include themes of social justice and environmental awareness. (via Wikipedia)

Denise Levertov – A Gift – Poem for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, Year C


The Englewood Review of Books curates a weekly series of classic and contemporary poems that resonate with the themes of the lectionary readings. Here is one of the poems for this coming Sunday (More poems for Epiphany Year C can be found here)

A Gift

Denise Levertov

to accompany the lectionary reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

SNIPPET:

Just when you seem to yourself

nothing but a flimsy web

of questions, you are given

the questions of others to hold

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Denise Levertov was a British-born naturalised American poet who worked as the poetry editor for The Nation. She was a political activist in her life and work in the 1960s and 1970s and was a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. (via Wikipedia)

Lectionary Poem for the First Sunday After Epiphany

Carol Frost – What the Dove Sings – Poem for First Sunday After Epiphany, Year C

The Englewood Review of Books curates a weekly series of classic and contemporary poems that resonate with the themes of the lectionary readings. Here is one of the poems for this coming Sunday (More poems can be found here)

What the Dove Sings 
Carol Frost
to accompany the lectionary reading: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 

SNIPPET:

The mourning dove
wearing noon’s aureole
coos from the rhododendron,

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Carol Frost is an American poet and founder and director of the Catskill Poetry Workshop at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. (via Wikipedia)