Cries of Earth and Altar: Poems That Couldn’t Be Helped by Charles L. Bartow PDF

By Charles L. Bartow

The poems of Cries of Earth and Altar communicate of human laughter, secret, paintings, play, sorrow--and even rage--as an oblation set upon heaven's excessive altar, which, as Calvin famous, is Christ himself. Upon that altar, the cries of earth are made a cry of glory, "Abba, Father" (Mark 14:36; Rom 8:15)! except for these poems classified "out of season," each one poetic textual content is given a spot within the Christian liturgical calendar: Advent-Epiphany, Transfiguration Sunday, Lent-Pentecost, and usual Time. within the concluding essay, poetry and preaching are spoken of as fragile indicatives that implicitly name into query all claims of inviolability and permanence for humanly wrought structures of inspiration, universal lifestyles, and governance. They live on as verbal, vocal, and actual gesture, as ink become blood.

"These poems show the deep craving that lies underneath the veneer. they can were written basically by means of a pastor like Charles Bartow who spent his existence trying to find the holy within the lives of these round him."
--M. Craig Barnes, President, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

"The energy of poetry lies in its skill to provide voice to the paranormal, magical, eternal global past our realizing, and in those pages, Charles Bartow does simply that for the reader, crafting a liturgical calendar of religion that speaks to the center of humankind. jam-packed with wondering, thinking about, remembering, and imagining, those prayerful poems communicate to the enormity of our religion and the depth of our lives."
--Kathleen Moore, Poet Laureate, San Ramon, CA

"Scholar, instructor, poet-preacher Charles L. Bartow deals the clean reward of a liturgical poesis that weds poetry and preaching to doxology, displaying us once more that he's greater than a poet or preacher; he's a doxologian, a latest psalmist attune to the cries of compliment and lament emerging from the earth to God's cruciform altar. This theo-poetic delivering will unusually hot each reader's middle in the course of each season of existence. input this poetic liturgy at your personal chance simply because those phrases will usher you to the throne of God."
--Luke A. Powery, affiliate Professor of the perform of Homiletics, Duke college, Durham, NC

"Charles Bartow is a broad-shouldered poet whose phrases not just fly up yet sink down in. he's inquisitive about the stuff and diversity of genuine existence. Snaking rhythms stream the manly phrases and lacy photos. Air-filled yet no longer ethereal, polished yet no longer varnished, this can be poetry you could take to the pulpit or the sanatorium as simply because the park bench. if it is grief or starvation that drives you to the poetry shelf, you'll find an answering voice here."
--Jana Childers, Dean of the Seminary, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA

Charles L. Bartow is Egner Professor of Speech verbal exchange Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary. he's additionally Pastor Emeritus of The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, dollars County, PA. he's the writer of Dust and Prayers: Poems (2009).

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