The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L'Engle (Google eBook)

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Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, Feb 4, 2009 - Poetry - 384 pages
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Praise for The Ordering of Love
By Madeleine L’Engle

“In a brilliant marriage of myth and manner, histories sacred and profane, prayers of petition and of praise, these poems both articulate and illumine the trouble in the gap in which we live–the gap between human affections and Divine Love. L’Engle is unfailing in her willingness to see through–not around–human suffering, and in so doing announces no final severing of spirit and flesh but an enduring vision of resurrection in that crux, in the cross, in the One in Whom all things meet, continuing.”
–Scott Cairns, author of Slow Pilgrim and Philokalia: New and Selected Poems


“I love L’Engle’s poetry for the way it incarnates not only the great Truths of the faith, but all the little truths of our ordinary existence–our working and playing and loving and fighting and dreaming and idling and all the rest of it–and for the way it shows us that those big and little truths should not, cannot, be separated.”
–Carolyn Arends, recording artist and author

“Why is L’Engle one of the defining poets of our time? Because when life hurts, she does not shrink from the wounds. She clarifies the murk with hope as we feel the lift of grace.”
–Calvin Miller, Beeson Divinity School
Birmingham, Alabama


“We are, all of us, the richer for this carefully crafted and prayerfully rendered collection.”
–Phyllis Tickle, Author, The Divine Hours



“Poetry, at least the kind I write, is written out of immediate need; it is written out of pain, joy, and experience too great to be borne until it is ordered into words. And then it is written to be shared.”
–Madeleine L’Engle


Madeleine L’Engle’s writing has always translated the invisible and intricate qualities of love into the patterns and rhythms of visible life. Now, with compelling language and open-hearted vulnerability, The Ordering of Love brings together the exhaustive collection of L’Engle’s poetry for the first time.

This volume collects nearly 200 of L’Engle’s original poems, including eighteen that have never before been published. Reflecting on themes of love, loss, faith, and beauty, The Ordering of Love gives vivid and compelling insight into the language of the heart.
  

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Review: The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L'Engle

User Review  - David Weller - Goodreads

Her writing skills are inspiring to this author. However, most of her poems in this book aren't very affecting, nor are they memorable. Read full review

Review: The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L'Engle

User Review  - Beth Martin - Goodreads

I found the last two collections of poems to be the most enjoyable for me. My faves were the ones that were written from the perspective of various Biblical persons, specifically Mary. Her descriptions of birthing and comparing birth to death was quite interesting to me. Read full review

Contents

Lines scribbled on an Envelope While Riding
7
Lines After Sir Thomas Browne
13
Primate
20
Moses
27
4th November
34
Instruments 2
39
Word
52
From St Lukes Hospital 3
65
Peter
277
From Ephesus
292
The Baptism of Easter 1966
306
Uncollected Poems circa 1998
317
Sonnet 1
319
Sonnet 2
320
Sonnet 3
321
Sonnet 4
322

grow older
79
On Valentines Day for a Saint Most Misunderstood
87
All That Matters
102
Rejoice
117
Come Lord Jesus quickly come
130
Lovers Apart
140
After Annunciation
153
Corinth
167
Sonnet After Thomas
177
Star Light
184
Eve
191
Wth Laughter
197
Esau
203
Leah
210
From Psalm 32
225
Wise and Foolish Virgins
241
Song of Blind Bartimaeus After His Healing
254
Simon of Cyrene
264
Sonnet 5
323
Sonnet 6
324
l
325
Sonnet 8
326
Sonnet 9
327
Sonnet 10
328
Sonnet 11
329
Sonnet 12
330
Sonnet 13
331
Sonnet 14
332
Iona 1
333
The Donkey
334
The page is torn from a journalthough not mineY
336
Editors Note
339
Index of Titles
340
Instruments 1 37
342
Index of First Lines
347
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Madeleine L'Engle was the author of more than forty-five books for all ages, among them the beloved A Wrinkle in Time, awarded the Newbery Medal; A Ring of Endless Light, a Newbery Honor Book; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, winner of the American Book Award; and the Austin family series of which Troubling a Star is the fifth book. L'Engle was named the 1998 recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards award, honoring her lifetime contribution in writing for teens.

Ms. L'Engle was born in 1918 in New York City. She wrote her first book, The Small Rain, while touring with Eva Le Gallienne in Uncle Harry. She met Hugh Franklin, to whom she was married until his death in 1986, while they were rehearsing The Cherry Orchard, and they were married on tour during a run of The Joyous Season, starring Ethel Barrymore.

Ms. L'Engle retired from the stage after her marriage, and the Franklins moved to northwest Connecticut and opened a general store. After a decade in Connecticut, the family returned to New York.

After splitting her time between New York City and Connecticut and acting as the librarian and writer-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Madeleine L’Engle died on September 7, 2007 at the age of 88.

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