It was great to talk to Ted Kooser and Nancy Arbuthnot
yesterday. There were a couple of poems and resources that we referred to, and
I wanted to make sure that you had them. We talked about three books that Ted wrote Delights and Shadows, Valentines and The Poetry Home Repair Manual. Here are the two poems we referred to, which can both be found in Delights and Shadows:
There is at least one pair
in every thrift shop in America,
molded in plastic or plaster of paris
and glued to a plaque,
or printed in church-pamphlet colors
and framed under glass.
Today I saw a pair made out of
lightweight wire stretched over a pattern
of finishing nails.
This is the way faith goes
from door to door,
cast out of one and welcomed at another.
A butterfly presses its wings like that
as it rests between flowers.
Ted mentioned that he writes a lot of poetry, and ends up
with only a few that he really likes. I asked him if he could name one of the poems
that he cared about, and he mentioned this one:
All night each reedy whinny
from a bird no bigger than a heart
flies out of a tall black pine
and, in a breath, is taken away
by the stars. Yet, with small hope
from the center of darkness
it calls out again and again.
Nancy Arbuthnot read three poems on the air from a
collection of poems based on passages from the Gospel of John that she’s working on. Here are two of them:
Bread like breath
that breathes through a thousand small holes–
Bread his father used to bake
mixing yeast and sugar
flour and water and oil
letting the dough rise
punching it down
the sweet moist aroma
filling the small apartment
May I have some? he’d ask
and his father would slice the still warm loaf
and place a piece in his hands
What purity of question–
what was wanted, asked for
What purity, the answer–
what was asked for, given
O moth now dead
that lived only a
beneath the closed lid
of the cedar trunk
where in late
spring I stored for the summer
my wool sweaters,
as I run my cheeks against
the rabbity down
of my pink angora cardigan
elegance of the tight black jewel-neck
I wore to parties, pausing in the
to toss the purple
over my shoulder,
as for the last time I wrap around
I loved to read
in, curled on the couch
while outside a red-headed
knocked at the
I cannot find–
nothing of your
no papery wings,
no hard slug
of thorax and abdomen–teach me
from what remains
of my beautiful
to love without
Our guest for the July 27, 2009 show will be Ted Kooser, 13th Poet Laureate of the United States. He and Carol Howard Merritt will be talking about poetry, writing, probably reading poetry, and using poetry submitted to our producer. If you are interested in submitting a haiku or limerick about the God Complex for use in the show, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and you might hear it on the air!
Carol will also be joined by Nancy Arbuthnot, professor of poetry at the US Naval Academy, and the author of Wild Washington.
She’s a wonderful person and a great teacher. She also teaches poetry
at Miriam’s Kitchen, and helped the guests compile a book.
Most of the God Complex team will be scattered to the winds. Well, OK. Actually 3 of us will be at Montreat for the Youth Conference, Bruce will be in DC for something, and Landon will be on a mission trip in Guatemala. We’d like to thank former guest and friend of the show Fritz Gutwein for helping out this week, along with Heather Scott who will be engineering from Montreat as usual.
We’ve also upgraded our subscription to BlogTalkRadio, and that will enable us to screen callers. No more “Hello? Caller?”! We are Always Reforming here at the God Complex!
The show starts at noon EDT, 9am PDT on Monday, July 27, 2009. Listen live or archived at https://www.blogtalkradio.com/godcomplexradio or here.
This episode features Rev. Paul Raushenbush, Associate Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University and moderator of the Progressive Revival blog. Paul, Bruce and Carol will be talking about the Social Gospel in the 21st Century.
Join us for the program on Monday, July 20 at Noon EDT, 9am PDT for the live show, or listen to the archives after 2pm EDT Monday.
Our guest today is Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray of Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Chicago. He is the author of Do No Harm: Social Sin and Christian Responsibility and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
Our music today will be provided by Switchyard.
The show begins at Noon EDT, 9am PDT today.
Summer time has hit us, and The God Complex team are not exempt. This week Carol will be in New Zealand, and Bruce will likely be at some famous house in Washington DC. As a result, this week’s program is pre-taped.
Our guest will be Doug Pagitt. Doug is the founder of the Solomon’s Porch christian community in Minneapolis, MN, one of the founders of Emergent Village, and a candidate for the Minnesota state legislature.
Our musician will be Erik Johnson, who is traveling with Doug on tour.
This program will air on Monday, July 6, 2009 at Noon EDT, 9am PDT. You can listen at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/godcomplexradio either live or archived. The chat room will be open during the live show, but we obviously won’t be able to pass comments and questions to the hosts.
We’ll be live again next week.