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ISBN (paperback): 978-1-932870-12-1
About the Book
“All poetry is spiritual,” Robert Strong points out in his introduction. “As I worked on this anthology, I heard this sentiment again and again, from poets and readers alike. The spiritual, after all, is what our existence soaks in; it is both everywhere and ineffable, always right here and just out of reach. We see it in blades of grass, sense it in love and in the cries of newborns, in the eyes of the dying, in volcanoes and choirs…”
This anthology of over 300 poems brings together America’s diverse spiritual traditions in one volume. Ancient Native songs from the Chippewa, Inuit, Ojibwa, Osage, Hopi, Pawnee, and Sioux are included beside traditional Protestant hymns and generous selections from Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot, and many contemporary poets such as Frank O’Hara, Linda Pastan, Gerald Stern, Toi Derricotte, Agha Shahid Ali, B.H. Fairchild, Anne Waldman, Bob Hicok, and Mark Doty.
About the Editor
Robert Strong lives north of the Adirondack wilderness with his wife and infant son. He received a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Denver and an MFA from Naropa University; his undergraduate work was done in the Faith, Peace, & Justice Program at Boston College. He was a Mellon Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society for his research in the conversion narrative. He is the author of Puritan Spectacle (Elixir Press) and an assistant professor at SUNY Canton. He is currently writing a book on the social history of Sunday in America.