Poetry & The Preacher

Poetry blog post design by Chris BennettApril is National Poetry Month. I enjoy poetry but am not an avid reader. To me, poetry is like an ethnic dish that you have every once in a while, and it’s so delicious that you think, “Why don’t I eat this more often?”

Here are a few poets who inspire me:

What other poets should I read? Which poets and poems inspire you?

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10 Responses to “Poetry & The Preacher”

  1. Bobby Gilles April 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Daniel, my favorite contemporary poet is Billy Collins (although I like the ones you cite as well). I often read a Collins poem before bed.

    Going a bit older, I’ve always loved Langston Hughes and Robert Frost. And I have to give an Indiana shout-out to the Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, particularly if you’re looking for poems for pre-teens and early teens.

    • Daniel Montgomery April 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Which work by Collins should I start with?

      • Bobby Gilles May 1, 2012 at 3:15 am #

        “Sailing Alone Around The Room: New and Selected Poems” is a good place to start. You could jump right into any of his books, though. I’m reading “Ballistics” right now and it’s great.

  2. Daniel April 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I’ve always loved John Donne. How he can tie the abstract and the commonplace together with a metaphor is mind-boggling. My wife gave me a bookmark with a section of his “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” etched onto it. I’m also quite fond of Frost and Yeats.

  3. Linda Stepp April 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I’m a fan of poetry, write a little myself. If it were not for poetry, I would not have met my husband nor fell in love with him. It was through his poetry I got a jump start learning of how he viewed God and his heart for people.
    A poem I look forward to is long thought-out patriotic message that comes in a Christmas card from Mike Sodrel every year.
    My favorite as of late has to be this one http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=JMB90CNU
    I’ve written my response to her message and it too has impacted my friends I’ve shared it with. I love the flexibility and variety of it.

  4. Jamie Barnes April 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    A few of my faves are T.S.Eliot and Jorge Luis Borges.

    Off topic, but sort of on-topic: There is a great book by M.Craig Barnes called “The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life” which is really helpful. It’s not necessarily about engaging poetry – rather the role of a shepherd in assisting his flock in seeing the sacred in the everyday; experiencing the Gospel in the ins and outs of every day circumstance.

    Poets are merely arranger of words. Taking the familiar and shaping it into the beautiful and striking. There is a shared principle that pastors share i think – and immersing oneself in that art form i think is very formative to what we are called to do with the Scripture.

    Kudos on acknowledging National Poetry month!

  5. Caleb Gallifant April 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Gerard Manley Hopkins and George Herbert. The Temple by Herbert is rich!

  6. Laura Beth April 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I really love Billy Collins and Franz Wright, but I’m like you, Daniel… I only enjoy an occasional dose of poetry.

  7. Ben Terry April 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    TuPac Shakur. Enough said.

  8. Josh Frabitore April 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    My Nani (Grandma) had almost all of Shel Silverstein’s collections an I read them cover to cover like mad growing up. He’s always been my favorite. Also, he’s not a poet but Bill Watterson (author of Calvin and Hobbes) can write a mean poem too.

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