Poetry Chapbook Collection

What is a chapbook? A classic method of publishing poetry in simple side-stapled format that is relatively inexpensive and easy to reproduce in small quantities.  This will help us to keep these booklets in print for a long time.  They are printed on fine resume-stock papers with very simple graphics (if any) and a short author bio at the end.

Endless Winter Nights at Monk’s Lagoon

This collection by Mother Macaria Corbett of St. Xenia Skete in Indianapolis, IN, in some ways chronicles her spiritual life.  The first selections are from before her tonsure into monasticism and several were written about a formative period spent in Alaska.  She consistently writes about her her inner spiritual journey, searching for prayer and stillness.  Sections are titled: Night of the Great Soul-Famine; The Heart’s New longing; Endless Winter Nights at Monk’s Lagoon; Poultice of Stillness; Underground Waters; There’s More in the Silence than Earth can Tell.  Includes an Introduction by Christopher Lewis. Cream interior, thyme recycled cover, 45 pages.

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For a Nun Leaving Spruce Island

When you think of the woods on St. Herman’s Island,

Remember how tree beyond tree stands stunted

In all the lower branches, like wounded

Soldiers with moss-rounded stumps where limbs should be

While their upper boughs lift glad palms toward the sun.

When that wild North wind seeks to bring them harm,

Some gained strength to stand by the loss of an arm.

I think of them as monks, though I haven’t

Learned their lesson – I haven’t let my will or worries

Decay and fall. Close to the ground my thoughts tend

And forget to lift the heart toward heaven –

Yet I pray that you and I will learn to be

As one of these, old, winter-worn warrior.

 

Eternal Day Breaks Over

Fr. Richard Rene breathes new life into contemporary poetry by painting with a unique, striking language about spiritual life. He conveys the simple, beautiful experience of small moments in life, often invisible, with hauntingly wistful imagery. His collection includes sections entitled Of Journey; Of Water; Prayers Overheard; Learning to Fly. Gray interior, blue parchment or linen cover, 41 pages.

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 (Printer Error - all the poetry is there but everything is offset by one page.)

At Rainfall

Only the rain is infinite

Filling drop by drop an ocean

Behind my eyes.  And each drop bears

Another kind of clarity

Another depth which I descend

And go on descending, never

Touching the pure earth.  Yes, I see

Those vast dry spaces where breathing

Will be remembered, but only

Here, where the rain is infinite,

Can water crush my spirit, and

Force my heart into simplicity.

 

Bearing Myrrh

This collection with poets Mother Macaria Corbett, Frances Hall Ford, Ruth Greenfield, Claire Bateman and Rene Zitzloff takes the reader on a journey.  It is a conversation about many topics important to women such as childhood, relationships, marriage, birth, children, sacrifice, giving, disappointment, hope, and prayer.  The reader gets the sense of taking a walk with a thoughtful group of Orthodox sisters quietly discussing the most important things in life. Cream recycled interior, rose recycled cover, 39 pages.

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Ark of Life

Ark of Life,

Who carried amid this world’s destruction

The Ever-lasting Hope

And arc of Life,

From whose bow of peace

Sprang forth the Lifegiver

To renew His habited world,

Mother of Life, pray for us

Overwhelmed by the ocean’s waves.              

-Frances Hall Ford

 

Lethe

Mark Isherwood’s collection is named for the river of forgetfulness in Greek mythology and it examines themes of loss, technology and longing, among others.  It is written in a minimalist style with musical touches and a variety of forms throughout. It is our longest chapbook and forays into many corners, all tied together lightly by the question of memory.

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(We have a few extras in trial papers that we decided not to use.)

Dreams

Time fills the hunger of aspiration

And I forget the

Boy drenched with notions

Soaked in ideas

Childhood the monsoon of dreams

Though fantasies never fade

Possibilities are lost one by one

Probability curves away

Paradeisos

Rick Joines’ poetry is personable, intimate, and curious.  Paradeisos is a refreshing portrait of human relationships with the Divine. Drawing on life experiences in marriage, church services, and an active life of thought, striking jewels are carved with words which pose the questions and observations of life.

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Paradeisos

There were, perhaps, one or two who loved wisdom

And nothing else, who woke and slept

In paradise: perfect Adam,

His perfect Eve, of one perfect mind, except

When it came to tending the trees.

They weren’t stargazers falling into wells,

Nor gadflies stinging slumbering souls embodied,

Not bawdy poets sighing musey tales.

To know themselves was to see their God –

He walked among them and good things ripened.

Yet desire lit on what was outlawed:

“Ye shall eat of all, save one, in Eden.”

We blame their choice, curse our fallen lot,

Like them, ignore fruit the Tree of Life’s begot.

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