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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

Journey: New And Selected Poems 1969-1999 (Pitt Poetry Series)

Journey: New And Selected Poems 1969-1999 - Kathleen Norris Well, last year I read some poems by Dana Gioia. So this year I have read some poems by Kathleen Norris. I liked his book of poems a bit better, but then I don't really enjoy blank verse and that is what Kathleen Norris writes in. These poems are interesting and span a fair number of years, 30 years, to be exact. When read with some of her books (Cloister Walk, Dakota, etc), you get a feel for what things were going on in her life when she wrote the poems. That is different way to read poems, and I found it helped me understand them better. Kind of like reading the libretto for an opera before you go to see it.My favorites of the poems I read include "Housecleaning" and "Washing Dishes Late at Night". The former is a poem about her discovery of the sacred and holy as she carries out the daily and sometimes mundane task of cleaning house and serving her husband. The latter is about a late night discussion between husband and wife, again while performing the mundane task of washing dishes. In each poem, the mundane and repetitious acts that seem worthless, in reality are very critical and important acts of service and love. That they involve sacrifice and love for others makes them a holy calling.