Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford

The poet, teacher, and WWII Civilian Public Service worker William Stafford (1914-1993) brought me back to a healthy, compassionate writing life--and through his life example, asked me to rekindle my active membership within an historic peace church.

But what do you do when you'll never meet an important teacher in person?

One way I answered this question was to edit a poetry anthology, and I'm happy to say it's finally in the world.

The way I see it, writing something down is my ultimate act of hope, whether it's a snail-mail letter, an essay, a poem draft, or an ever-changing list of gratitudes.

This anthology is my letter to Mr. Stafford. It also represents my continued reaching out to others, asking for help and mentorship and friendship--its table of contents feels like a new little support group, a congregation of other hope-ers, if you will.

More info here: http://woub.org/2014/01/14/athens-author-publishes-anthology-inspired-famed-poet-pacifist


  1. In the name of Allah,the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful.

    Say, "O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you - that we will not worship except Allah and not associate anything with Him and not take one another as lords instead of Allah." But if they turn away, then say, "Bear witness that we are Muslims [submitting to Him]."
    O People of the Scripture, why do you argue about Abraham while the Torah and the Gospel were not revealed until after him? Then will you not reason?
    Here you are - those who have argued about that of which you have [some] knowledge, but why do you argue about that of which you have no knowledge? And Allah knows, while you know not.
    Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was one inclining toward truth, a Muslim [submitting to Allah]. And he was not of the polytheists.
    Indeed, the most worthy of Abraham among the people are those who followed him [in submission to Allah] and this prophet, and those who believe [in his message]. And Allah is the ally of the believers.
    A faction of the people of the Scripture wish they could mislead you. But they do not mislead except themselves, and they perceive [it] not.
    O People of the Scripture, why do you disbelieve in the verses of Allah while you witness [to their truth]?

    Holy Quran 3:64-70


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