Summary: As Paul Friesen has written in regard to crosses he created for the United Methodist Church of Hesston, Kansas, the poems in On the Cross are "not decorations, but for provocative meditation, inviting you to confront Him who is Life, Light and Love."
These poemsaugmented by John Leons line drawings of the Cross based on Paul Friesens crossesfit into a long tradition of meditations on the Cross articulated in poetry, prose, painting, music. Some of the most famous of the literary meditations are those of St.John of the Cross, George Herbert, John Donne and Paul Gerhardt. The poems in On the Cross reflect these earlier meditations as well as cite paintings by Matthias Grünewald, El Greco, Salvador Dalí, and Giacometti. Music Bach, hymns, gospel, folkalso enters the volume as a kind of meditation.
Readers are invited to read these devotional poems and then engage in their own meditations. The poems in this volume are but the beginning of an approach to a symbol that leads up to the spiritual life that begins in the teachings of Christ.
Wiebe's On the Cross is powerful, vivid, and
astonishing. As we might expect of a first-rate poet who
protests that artsy-craftsy people have made Christ
into a fashion statement, here are no stale,
lip-service pieties. Wiebe writes a moving elegy for his
wife, contemplates a cross-shaped scar left on his chest
by surgery, frankly confronts the hard demands of
cross-bearing. He makes a large contribution to
devotional poetry in our time, one that deserves to last
far into the future."
"Dallas Wiebe offers us a rare
giftpoems which require a fresh and painful
examination of our relationship to the cross. In poem
after poem he walks us steadily into glaring light,
daring us to look and be changed. His words are wounds,
raw and open. Yet in the center is the glow of glory.
These are poems for the journey, and I am grateful."
"Theres no escaping
what it means, Dallas Wiebe writesspeaking of
both the Cross and the cross-shaped scar from his heart
surgery. These reflective, ingenious, urgent meditations
lead us ever more deeply into both the physical and
spiritual worlds of despair, pain, hope, and grace.
Wiebes fierce honesty, literary craft, and hard-won
knowledge make this an unforgettable book."
Market: Anyone open to poetry that blends high craft with subtle devotional spirit.
The Author: Dallas Wiebe, Cincinnati, Ohio, taught literature and writing at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) 1960-1963 then moved to the University of Cincinnati until retiring from teaching in 1995. His publications include the Mennonite novel Our Asian Journey (Mlr editions canada, 1997), a book of minimalist poems called The Kansas Poems (Cincinnati Poetry Review Press, 1987), and four books of short stories. He has also had many short stories and poems released in various journals.
Quote: Its not
easy to find.
Shelving: Poetry; Anabaptist-Mennonite literature. BISAC: Poetry; RTM: 640 Poetrys.
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