Tag: Luci Shaw

Small Study Poems and Seasons – 1

My small study on the second floor is my view of the seasons when I read print journals and books. A comfortable chair, a lamp, a desk by the window, a plant, and a bookcase. File cabinets. The back yard is the view – sky, clouds, light, trees, birds. The lamp was a gift from Karl and has a small table and place for books.

This morning, I thought I’d see if over time a collection that pictures the seasons has grown. I post in an everyday way here. For this post, I reviewed my archives from January 2020 – August 2020.

new day
in my older life
sun on evergreens

January 8, 2020

winter storm Sunday
a day to read poems
and enjoy the images,
language, and craft
with my heart

From February 9, 2020

Monday afternoon
in March
sun fills a bookcase
from my father

From March 29, 2020

grey sky
mourning dove
on a birch tree branch

time with the Psalms
a dove on the branch
pictures a poem

April 28, 2020

evergreen branches
with grey clouds
and blue sky
praying the Psalms

From May 11, 2020

trees have grown
and summer is here
the view where I read
is more green than sky

From June 22, 2020

July days go by
this year’s leaves
in sun and wind

July 30, 2020

reading a poem
or two from a new book *
and the sky, wind,
and trees in the yard
almost September

The Generosity: Poems by Luci Shaw (2020, Paraclete Press)

Luci Shaw has published two books with Paraclete Press.

August 29, 2020

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

Thank you

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Blessings: Rain and Books

Yesterday, I finished rereading A Listening Life, by Tracy Balzer (2011, Pinyon Publishing). She is a new author for me. I know the quality of the work from Pinyon Publishing, and I saw that Jill Briscoe and Luci Shaw recommended the book.

Tracy Balzer “carry some quiet around” is the author’s site. Her new book will be published in June 2021 – more information at her site.

time with a book
needed rain falls
on the gardens . . .
quiet and I hear
the sound of a train


Poem by Ellen Grace Olinger

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Sunday morning

Over the years, my book collection has grown, and I have given many books and journals away. Now I am grateful to browse at home, and read what I was not able to read before, for one reason or another.

Poetry journals, memoirs, novels, letters – books and journals at different times. Rereading is also a blessing, and can be a comfort when I don’t feel able to read something new; and yet I always learn more. If I know the story, for example, I look to learn a little more about how the author achieved the work. If I can easily reread a poem aloud and the poem is still new, the poet has achieved something beautiful.

Sometimes I know an author’s work so well, that a short selection recalls the whole work so far. I have read many books by Luci Shaw. As I write, I am looking at Sea Glass: New & Selected Poems by Luci Shaw (2016, WordFarm).

Over time, this creates comfort and a new history for me. I reread a poem, for example, and remember how the poem helped during a difficult time. And now time has passed, and rereading deepens my faith and hope.

So what I read and write now, is for today, and also for the future. And I remember as well, and am grateful to be writing this post today.

reading a poem

reading a poem
or two from a new book *
and the sky, wind,
and trees in the yard
almost September

by Ellen Grace Olinger

* The Generosity: Poems by Luci Shaw (2020, Paraclete Press)

Luci Shaw has published two books with Paraclete Press.

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