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Title:
Journey : new and selected poems, 1969-1999
Author:
Norris, Kathleen, 1947-
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Publication Information:
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
131 pages : portrait ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780822941378

9780822957614
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Summary

Summary

Kathleen Norris has touched readers throughout America with her thoughtful and provocative memoirs of faith: Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, The Cloister Walk , and A mazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith . She is equally admired for her poetry of engagement with the spiritual world and its landscapes. Journey includes poems from three previous books spanning thirty years, along with a generous selection of new work that continues her radically individual celebration of the sacredness of life.


Author Notes

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning author of "Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith"; "The Cloister Walk"; & the forthcoming "The Virgin of Bennington". She lives in South Dakota & Hawaii.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Kathleen Norris is the award-winning author of "Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith"; "The Cloister Walk"; & the forthcoming "The Virgin of Bennington". She lives in South Dakota & Hawaii.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

How fitting it is that this well-constructed collection of Norris' witty and graceful poetry arrives just after her memoir about becoming a poet, The Virgin of Bennington [BKL F 1 01]. Her poems provide the lyrics to the chorus of her prose, illuminating the mystical aspects of her feelings about her Dakota heritage and her gradual discovery and embrace of a religious life. Norris is supple and inventive, neatly making the leap from such homey images as a closet filled with a tumble of shoes to the magical and the divine, such as an angel waiting for morning. She offers lovely musings, such as, "I would like to be as mobile as my mind," turns frankly sensual, and writes of her family with quiet but deep-running emotion. This volume tracks her convoluted journey back to traditional Christianity, but Norris never loses touch with more free-floating spirituality: the timeless and nondenominational gospel of sun, birds, a bee at a flower, a baby at a breast. Donna Seaman


Library Journal Review

"God is at work/ in us, close/ to the bone" writes Norris, a poet perhaps best known for her three prose works (Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, 1993; The Cloister Walk, 1996; and Amazing Grace, 1998). These volumes found their inspiration in the spiritual renewal experienced by Norris through farm life, ministry to a small Midwestern church community, and extended retreats in a Benedictine monastery. Now she has brought together a well-rounded collection of her poetry spanning 30 years. Here are poems, arranged chronologically in four sections each beginning with a verse from the Song of Solomon, that tenderly describe an event or scene, examine it, and conclude with a flash of seemingly unrelated insight, leaving profound questions in the reader's heart: "Now the new mother, that leaky vessel,/ begins to nurse her child,/ beginning the long goodbye." Carrying her readers along on her deeply Christian journey, Norris avoids spiritual certainty and preachiness, remaining ever the seeker. Her poems are lyrical, accessible, and hauntingly touching to read and to reread. Highly recommended. Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

How fitting it is that this well-constructed collection of Norris' witty and graceful poetry arrives just after her memoir about becoming a poet, The Virgin of Bennington [BKL F 1 01]. Her poems provide the lyrics to the chorus of her prose, illuminating the mystical aspects of her feelings about her Dakota heritage and her gradual discovery and embrace of a religious life. Norris is supple and inventive, neatly making the leap from such homey images as a closet filled with a tumble of shoes to the magical and the divine, such as an angel waiting for morning. She offers lovely musings, such as, "I would like to be as mobile as my mind," turns frankly sensual, and writes of her family with quiet but deep-running emotion. This volume tracks her convoluted journey back to traditional Christianity, but Norris never loses touch with more free-floating spirituality: the timeless and nondenominational gospel of sun, birds, a bee at a flower, a baby at a breast. Donna Seaman


Library Journal Review

"God is at work/ in us, close/ to the bone" writes Norris, a poet perhaps best known for her three prose works (Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, 1993; The Cloister Walk, 1996; and Amazing Grace, 1998). These volumes found their inspiration in the spiritual renewal experienced by Norris through farm life, ministry to a small Midwestern church community, and extended retreats in a Benedictine monastery. Now she has brought together a well-rounded collection of her poetry spanning 30 years. Here are poems, arranged chronologically in four sections each beginning with a verse from the Song of Solomon, that tenderly describe an event or scene, examine it, and conclude with a flash of seemingly unrelated insight, leaving profound questions in the reader's heart: "Now the new mother, that leaky vessel,/ begins to nurse her child,/ beginning the long goodbye." Carrying her readers along on her deeply Christian journey, Norris avoids spiritual certainty and preachiness, remaining ever the seeker. Her poems are lyrical, accessible, and hauntingly touching to read and to reread. Highly recommended. Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

A Prayer to Evep. 3
1969-1973
Celebrationsp. 7
The Angelp. 8
Tomorrowp. 9
Falling Offp. 10
Running through Sleepp. 11
Evaporation Poemsp. 12
Stomachp. 14
Eve Alone, in the Garden of Edenp. 15
Listening to Music Alonep. 16
Blue Mountainp. 17
Bean Songp. 18
Excerpts from the Angel Handbookp. 19
Space Walk/Self Portraitp. 22
Kansas Anymorep. 24
At a Window, New York Cityp. 25
1974-1981
On the Northwest Hiawathap. 29
Inheritancep. 31
Cowsp. 33
On the Landp. 34
New Year's Eve in Bismarck, North Dakotap. 35
The Dancersp. 36
The Middle of the Worldp. 37
Calenturesp. 38
A Place on Grand Riverp. 39
Getting Luckyp. 41
The Year of Common Thingsp. 43
Harvestp. 44
Dustp. 45
Washing Dishes Late at Nightp. 47
A Poem about Faithp. 48
1982-1986
For My Aunt Maryp. 53
Perennialsp. 55
Pommes de Terrep. 56
Housecleaningp. 58
The Wedding at the Courthousep. 60
Young Lovers with Pizzap. 62
Eve of St. Agnes in the High School Gymp. 63
The Blue Lightp. 64
Numbersp. 66
The Age of Reasonp. 68
Little Girls in Churchp. 70
The Gift of Tearsp. 72
How I Came to Drink My Grandmother's Pianop. 74
The Monastery Orchard in Early Springp. 75
Land of the Livingp. 76
A Letter to Paul Carroll, Who Said I Must Become a Catholic so That I Can Pray for Himp. 78
"The Sky is Full of Blue and Full of the Mind of God"p. 80
The Winep. 81
The Astronomy of Lovep. 83
Why the Image of a Starry Womb Is Not Poetic Claptrap but Good Sciencep. 85
Taking the Bluep. 86
1987-1999
Cinderella in Kalamazoop. 89
Giveawayp. 91
Ascensionp. 93
The Ignominy of the Livingp. 94
Epiphanyp. 96
A.J.'s Passagep. 97
Mysteries of the Incarnationp. 98
Luke 14: A Commentaryp. 101
Return of Swamp Thingp. 102
Three Wisdom Poemsp. 104
Children of Divorcep. 107
Afterwardp. 109
The Companionable Darkp. 111
What Song, Then?p. 113
Goodnessp. 114
Naming the Living Godp. 115
Emily in Choirp. 116
The Tollingp. 117
Hide and Seekp. 119
La Vierge Romanep. 121
The Roomp. 123
Who Do You Say That I Am?p. 124
Nutritionp. 125
The Presbyterian Women Serve Coffee at the Homep. 126
Gold of Ophirp. 127
Body and Bloodp. 128
Acknowledgmentsp. 130
A Prayer to Evep. 3
1969-1973
Celebrationsp. 7
The Angelp. 8
Tomorrowp. 9
Falling Offp. 10
Running through Sleepp. 11
Evaporation Poemsp. 12
Stomachp. 14
Eve Alone, in the Garden of Edenp. 15
Listening to Music Alonep. 16
Blue Mountainp. 17
Bean Songp. 18
Excerpts from the Angel Handbookp. 19
Space Walk/Self Portraitp. 22
Kansas Anymorep. 24
At a Window, New York Cityp. 25
1974-1981
On the Northwest Hiawathap. 29
Inheritancep. 31
Cowsp. 33
On the Landp. 34
New Year's Eve in Bismarck, North Dakotap. 35
The Dancersp. 36
The Middle of the Worldp. 37
Calenturesp. 38
A Place on Grand Riverp. 39
Getting Luckyp. 41
The Year of Common Thingsp. 43
Harvestp. 44
Dustp. 45
Washing Dishes Late at Nightp. 47
A Poem about Faithp. 48
1982-1986
For My Aunt Maryp. 53
Perennialsp. 55
Pommes de Terrep. 56
Housecleaningp. 58
The Wedding at the Courthousep. 60
Young Lovers with Pizzap. 62
Eve of St. Agnes in the High School Gymp. 63
The Blue Lightp. 64
Numbersp. 66
The Age of Reasonp. 68
Little Girls in Churchp. 70
The Gift of Tearsp. 72
How I Came to Drink My Grandmother's Pianop. 74
The Monastery Orchard in Early Springp. 75
Land of the Livingp. 76
A Letter to Paul Carroll, Who Said I Must Become a Catholic so That I Can Pray for Himp. 78
"The Sky is Full of Blue and Full of the Mind of God"p. 80
The Winep. 81
The Astronomy of Lovep. 83
Why the Image of a Starry Womb Is Not Poetic Claptrap but Good Sciencep. 85
Taking the Bluep. 86
1987-1999
Cinderella in Kalamazoop. 89
Giveawayp. 91
Ascensionp. 93
The Ignominy of the Livingp. 94
Epiphanyp. 96
A.J.'s Passagep. 97
Mysteries of the Incarnationp. 98
Luke 14: A Commentaryp. 101
Return of Swamp Thingp. 102
Three Wisdom Poemsp. 104
Children of Divorcep. 107
Afterwardp. 109
The Companionable Darkp. 111
What Song, Then?p. 113
Goodnessp. 114
Naming the Living Godp. 115
Emily in Choirp. 116
The Tollingp. 117
Hide and Seekp. 119
La Vierge Romanep. 121
The Roomp. 123
Who Do You Say That I Am?p. 124
Nutritionp. 125
The Presbyterian Women Serve Coffee at the Homep. 126
Gold of Ophirp. 127
Body and Bloodp. 128
Acknowledgmentsp. 130