Tag: awaken series


coming to poetry

17th January

{ in this piece, antler founder and director dave harrity reflects on coming to poetry. this piece, run by tweetspeak last year, is being reposted here to honor williams stafford‘s birthday today. the piece will also be included in harrity’s forthcoming book, “making manifest” }

I began reading poetry because I could never finish novels. I’m not sure this is how many people come to poetry, but it was my route. In high school, I only read a handful of the assigned novels (a mistake I deeply regret now as an adult!) but I read every single poem. When I got to the end of a poem I felt like I had accomplished some- thing, been invited into something—I felt like I’d been given a key.

I liked poetry at that point in my life, but I didn’t love it.

I began writing … Read More »



basic math: on creativity and opening the kingdom

28th November

{in this snippet of his forthcoming book “making manifest”–available april 2013–teacher, author, and poet dave harrity asks some questions that invite believers to think about what they’re adding to the world, and the creative implications of faith. if you’re in or near louisville on thursday november 29, you can catch him speaking on a panel about thomas merton and millennial faith practice at st. matthew’s episcopal church (330 North Hubbards Lane) at 7pm…}

 

And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord 

    and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 

 for he has been mindful

    of the humble state of his servant. 

From now on all generations will call me blessed, 

     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—

    holy is his name. 

His mercy extends to those who fear him,

    from generation to generation. 

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; 

    he has scattered those who are proud in their … Read More »



The Mountain Finds All Climbers: On John Leax’s “Recluse Freedom”

24th October

{in this piece, writer Daniel Bowman and students Hannah Hanover and Robbie Maakested discuss Recluse Freedom, a new book of poetry by John Leax.}

When Antler asked me if I’d review Jack Leax’s new book of poems, Recluse Freedom, I had mixed feelings. I’d written about Leax’s work before, having recently published a two-part career-spanning interview with him here. I wasn’t sure I’d have much to discover that I hadn’t already explored. And yet I couldn’t pass up the chance to write about the new book, which I’d read in manuscript form and loved for many reasons.

First, Recluse Freedom is the perfect follow-up to 2005’s Tabloid News, a book in which Leax dramatically abandoned the earnest first-person poetic persona that had become barely distinguishable from his own voice. In doing so, he broke a contract with his readers—a move that both … Read More »



Use What Yo Daddy Gave You: On Poetry in Church {Awaken Series}

6th September

{one of Antler’s goals is to foster discussion about poetry in religious life–offering content for faith communities to discuss, share, and contemplate. in that vein, we also give careful consideration to ministers who are thinking about using poetry and creative writing as a tool for spiritual formation. to that end, we’re going to be hearing from ministers and members of congregations as part of our “Awaken Series.” in this post, vixen of verse Sarah Wells ruminates on using artistic gifts–especially poetry–in church. this piece is pragmatic, encouraging, and an exciting start for all folks interested in mixing it up with faith and art! feel free to share!}

If you are anything like me, you are proud and excited about what the Holy Spirit has revealed to you through poetry.  You’ve set out with an idea, had that idea turned on … Read More »



Five Rules for Believing Writers

22nd August

For those innocent and experienced in the ways of writing, here are some rules to write by daily. Of course, when it comes to making art—to making manifest that still, small voice inside you—rules are more like strong suggestions, nothing hard and fast, so there’s no need to be stringent about the thoughts below. Here are some things I try to keep in mind as an author of faith…

1. Trust the process.

Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, learning to rely on your gut in writing will rarely steer you wrong. It’s important to remember that your life is a poem. And poems that we make on paper are just extensions of our living poetry. As Ephesians 2:10 says, you are God’s workmanship—God’s poemia (where the English word “poem” comes from)—and that’s reason enough to engage this process with … Read More »



Into the Wilderness

15th August

{this week’s post comes to us via Jeffrey Overstreet and a Patheos blog post. after reading this post and feeling that it almost perfectly embodied the mission that we have here at Antler, Jeffery graciously gave us permission to use it. i hope that you’ll enjoy, pass it around, meditate on the importance of what it means to be a believer in a world that “God so loved”…}

I recently received an email from a young woman saying that she wanted to read my novels, but that first she needed to know if we believed the same things.

I’m still reeling from that question.

And yet, if I’m honest…

…I remember that way of thinking.

Growing up, I remember choosing which Sunday afternoon football team I’d favor by which one had a known, professing Christian on it. I remember being worried if what I read … Read More »



Practicing Prophecy: On Louis Simpson’s “The Inner Part”

9th July

{Antler contributor Rod Dixon follows up early posts about the ideas of poetry and prophecy with a bit of pragmatic, experimental practice. in this meditation, Dixon examine’s Louis Simpson’s poem “The Inner Part” as an act of prophetic awakening, and seeks to do some awakening himself.}

 

The Inner Part

 

When they had won the war
And for the first time in history
Americans were the most important people—
When the leading citizens no longer lived in their shirtsleeves
and their wives did not scratch in public
Just when they’d stopped saying “Gosh”—
When their daughters seemed as sensitive
as the tip of a fly rod,
and their sons were as smooth as a V-8 engine—
Priests, examining the entrails of birds,
Found the heart misplaced, and seeds
As black as death, emitting a strange odor.

________
Unfortunately the cancer in our national soul is no longer in its fetal stages, visible only to a specially … Read More »



Awaken Series: Technical Considerations of Prophetic Prophecy [2 of 2]

21st May

(one of Antler’s goals is to foster discussion about poetry in religious life–offering content for faith communities to discuss, share, and contemplate. in that vein, we also give careful consideration to ministers who are thinking about using poetry and creative writing as a tool for spiritual formation. to that end, we’re going to be hearing from ministers and members of congregations as part of our “Awaken Series.” before reading this post, it this post is part two of a serial article about poetry and prophetic imagination in a contemporary context. in this post, Rod Dixon outlines issues that could jeopardize the ministry of the poet-prophet and some suggestions on living as a minister. for part one of this serial, please click here: The Shape of Poetic Prophecy)

Technical Considerations of Poetic Prophecy

The conclusion to Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination (which I have encapsulated … Read More »



Awaken Series: The Shape of Poetic Prophecy [1 of 1]

Posted by dave in awaken series, ministry. 4 comments

14th May

[one of Antler's goals is to foster discussion about poetry in religious life--offering content for faith communities to discuss, share, and contemplate. in that vein, we also give careful consideration to ministers who are thinking about using poetry and creative writing as a tool for spiritual formation. to that end, we're going to be hearing from ministers and members of congregations as part of our "Awaken Series." this post is one of two parts about poetry and prophetic imagination in a contemporary context. it establishes some principles that will be elaborated upon in posts to come. enjoy!]

The Shape of Poetic Prophecy

Many believe prophecy to be something that once happened long ago, but a vibrant prophetic witness is crucial if we are to be a vibrant body of Christ today.  Prophecy is one of the … Read More »




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