Kathleen Norris Presents: A New Book of Thomas Merton poetry!

One of my favorite writers, Kathleen Norris (Amazing Grace, The Cloister Walk, Dakota), has just completed the preparation of a volume of 119 unreleased poems by another of my favorite writers … Thomas Merton.

This is fantastic news. The Sign of Jonas, Raids on the Unspeakable, New Seeds of Contemplation… Merton’s meditative works have become some of my favorite reading over the last few years. Who knew that, so many years since his death, we’d suddenly get a whole new volume of his poems.

God bless Kathleen Norris.

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Justin

    The BBC has had some high-profile embarassments recently as well. Taking anything from the press with a grain of salt (or at least a few other sources) is a good idea, American or not.

    As for End of the Spear, you can’t win with some people. Those who have problems with a gay actor on the movie would have had gone crazy had they known more about who the King James Version of the Bible was named after.

  • jasdye

    …and that foxy and light-hearted news team on channel 32, your station for relevant news.

  • Wasp Jerky

    It’s not just the Times. American news in general, well, pretty much sucks. Thank God for the BBC.

  • Tom Wilkinson

    That’s fabulous! I just finished her book “The Virgin of Bennington” and in one word–superb. It’s all about her post-college life in New York (pre-Dakota), the poetry scene of the 60s, and the women overseeing the American Academy of Poets before anyone ever thought to term them “arts administrators.” Highly recommended.

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    I’ve never read anythjing by Kathleen Norris, though I’m well aware of who she is. What do you recommend?

    Merton is the man. Ever read Henri Nouwen? Or how about the poems of Robert Lax?