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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Tania Runyan claims she does not concern herself with things too marvelous for her. Well, she's lying. Simple Weight ponders and illuminates cicadas emerging from the earth and martyrs merging their bones with dust. In Runyan's world--which is our world--the human intrudes upon the holy, making it more holy still. These poems, like the Psalms themselves, will fall through ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by FutureCycle Press
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Diane Kistner
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I like the dead one best,
my daughter says,

and follows a corpse
the length of her smallest finger
around the edge of the pond.

Among the water lilies
a dozen fish flicker and spark.
Look how pretty, I say.

But she is lost now,
bending so low
her nose almost touches
the scales.

He keeps looking at me.
I love him.

And she reaches into her face.


I am not made to pray. I close my eyes
and float among the spots behind my lids.
I chew the name God, God, like
Ruth Chatlien
This collection is one that I wanted to take my time with. I think of Tania Runyan as a modern Christian contemplative. Some of the poems give a contemporary slant on the beatitudes. Others provide a fresh look at biblical characters. And many just recount quiet moments of insight in the midst of the overwhelming details of life.
I don't read much poetry, but this caught my eye in a library display. The author lives in my town and I met her once briefly. A couple of the poems really resonated with me. I'm sure many more went over my head. Some very beautiful thoughts.
Powerful imagery. Compelling prose. I particularly liked My Daughter's Hair, 2086: Notes for my daughter's Nurse, and Blessed Are the Reviled.
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