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Journey: New And Selected Poems 1969-1999

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Kathleen Norris has touched readers throughout America with her thoughtful and provocative memoirs of faith: Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, The Cloister Walk, and Amazing 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 ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 2nd 2001 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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My stomach is of many minds,
it believes everything it eats.
My eschatological
stomach, a fundamentalist
of sorts, grows intent
at drawing blood from
surfaces of things:
ice-cold fingers touch its inner lining,
it lives in fear of confusion.

The stomach clenched
its teeth, its nose bled all day
as I stumbled through snow,
cracking theories of poetry
over its skull.
Gilded toothpicks,
sweet-sour pork
did a desperate violence
to its body.
It had to be saved, put to sleep,
but it woke early,
still restless wit
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, an
Jul 11, 2008 Keith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who is foolish enough to listen to me
Recommended to Keith by: No one. I discovered its publication by checking Kathleen's web
This is a telling collection. I read Kathleen's first published book of poetry after I met her, and didn't think much of it at all. And, of course, fierce editor that I am, I told her. Her next publications were better, better, and better. In a conversation with Kathleen after this collection was issued, I reminded her what I thought of her early work. She took it in stride. That's before I got gravity, she said. After she "got gravity", she became a fine, fine poet and essayist. She is the real ...more
I found this book at a book sale that I should never have gone to. We arrived at the library sale just when they were trying to get rid of what was left. So I got to pack a bag for just a couple of bucks.

This was so lucky. I had only read one book of Norris' poetry and now I own one. This is so wonderful. I have read many of the poems several times and they contain so much. The poetry is beautiful.
This collection is filled with accessible, beautiful poems that strike at the heart of what it means to live a Christian life. There are questions and discoveries, explorations of joy and sorrow. This is one of those books I pull down off the shelf again and again to revisit the words.
Karen Floyd
Norris is a good poet, but my initial reaction is that the poems are either depressing or all about sex!
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Kathleen Norris was born on July 27, 1947 in Washington, D.C. She grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as on her maternal grandparents’ farm in Lemmon, South Dakota.

Her sheltered upbringing left her unprepared for the world she encountered when she began attending Bennington College in Vermont. At first shocked by the unconventionality surrounding her, Norris took refuge in poetry.

After she grad
More about Kathleen Norris...
The Cloister Walk Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith Dakota: A Spiritual Geography Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Women's Work (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality)

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“Excerpts from the Angel Handbook

Be careful how you unfold your wings --
there are some in the world who are not content
unless their teeth are full of feathers


You will meet some whose faces give a glw
as if they once had halos:
these are the lovers,
you will make a lot of love

and your flights, even though you are careful
to keep them invisible, will make those who love you sad:
they will not understand that you never go anyplace
you're not meant to be.”
“from Return of Swamp Thing

It's the old impasse:
I don't know what to wait for.”
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