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

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Random House LLC, Feb 4, 2009 - Poetry - 384 pages
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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  - 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

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

User Review  - Melissa Yosua-Davis - Goodreads

Madeleine L'Engle is one of my favorite authors. Her books are beautifully written, as are her poems. Read full review

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Contents

AT COMMUNION
MARTHA
TEMPER MY INTEMPERANCE
SONNET AFTER THOMAS
LOVE LETTER
FOR ASCENSION DAY 1967
AFTER THE SATURDAY LITURGY AT MONTFORT
STAR LIGHT

LINES AFTER SIR THOMAS BROWNE
THE UNICORN
ABRAHAMS CHILD
THE PROMISE
PRIMATE
TESTAMENT
PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES
THE PHOENIX
MOSES
FROM ST LUKES HOSPITAL I
PASSION PLAY
4TH NOVEMBER
THE ROC
INSTRUMENTS I
INSTRUMENTS 2
THE BABY IN THE BATH
THE SEA MONSTER
WE MAKE BOLD TO SAY
THE BIRTH OF LOVE
FIRE BY FIRE
SUMMER CITY
WORD
FROM ST LUKES HOSPITAL 2
THE MONKEY
ACT III SCENE II
TREE AT CHRISTMAS
THE WINTER IS COLD IS COLD
BURN CHARITY
THE DRAGON
FROM ST LUKES HOSPITAL 3
WITHIN THIS STRANGE AND QUICKENED DUST
SONG OF SIMEON
THE PARROT
FROM ST LUKES HOSPITAL 4
LINES AFTER M BS FUNERAL
THE SEA BISHOP
CONFESSION SHORTLY BEFORE THE FORTYEIGHTH BIRTHDAY
FROM
LET US VIEW WITH JOY AND MIRTH
As I GROW OLDER
AND THE OLD MAN BECAME AS A LITTLE CHILD
ON VALENTINES DAY FOR A SAINT MOST MISUNDERSTOOD
SOMEONE CRIED JUBILANTLY
WHO SHOVED ME OUT INTO THE NIGHT?
O HILARITAS
HOW VERY ODD IT SEEMS DEAR LORD
GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY
SEEKING PERSPECTIVE IN A HATETORN WORLD
ALL THAT MATTERS
Go AWAY YOU CANT COME IN IM SHUTTING THE DOOR
NOW WE MAY LOVE THE CHILD
WHEN I PUSHED THROUGH THE CROWD
THE CHILDREN AT THE PARTY
IT IS AN OLD CHURCH
REJOICE
SILENCE WAS THE ONE THING WE WERE NOT PREPARED FOR
SITTING AROUND YOUR TABLE
THIS IS A STRANGE PLACE
MRS NOAH SPEAKING
SUDDENLY THEY SAW HIM THE WAY HE WAS
THE AIR BITES SHREWDLY
COME LORD JESUS QUICKLY COME
FROM
4
5
6
7
EPIPHANY
LOVERS APART
RONDEL
THE THEATRE AN ACTOR MUSES
THE ANIMALS DO JUDGE
THE GUESTS OF ABRAHAM
BALLADE
DAVID
SONG FROM THE FIERY FURNACE
ANNUNCIATION
AFTER ANNUNCIATION
LIKE EVERY NEWBORN
THE RISK OF BIRTH CHRISTMAS 1973
SET TO THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES
FOR M S J 20TH JUNE 1968
CHARLOTTE REBECCA JONES 22ND AUGUST 1969
CHARLOTTE
CROSSWICKS
GODS BEAST
THE TENTH HOUR
PENTECOST
CORINTH
READY FOR SILENCE
ADVENT 1971
COME LORD JESUS
COME LET US GATHER
ASCENSION 1969
SONNET TRINITY 18
FROM
EVE
AND GOD HEARD
BEFORE MOUNT MORIAH
WITH LAUGHTER
CAUGHT IN THE BUSH
ISAAC
ESAU
AT JOSEPHS BIRTH
BIRTHING BENJAMIN
BENJAMINS BIRTH
LEAH
THE UNLOVED
AFTER RACHELS DEATH
PHARAOHS CROSS
MOSES
SON OF MOSES
JEPTHAHS DAUGHTER
JEPTHAHS DAUGHTER 2
NAAMAN THE LEPER
FROM PSALM 32
AFTER PSALM 49
1214 A CONTEMPLATION OF DAVID
PSALM 8818
ANNUNCIATION
BEARER OF LOVE
THE BETHLEHEM EXPLOSION
YOUNG MARY
THREE SONGS OF MARY
O WISE AND FOOLISH VIRGINS
FIRST COMING
THE WISE MEN
ONE KINGS EPIPHANY
AND KILL THE PASSOVER
AFTER THE BAPTISM
THE PREPARATION OF MARY MOTHER OF JOSES
ANDREW
THE SAMARITAN WOMAN AT THE WELL
SONG OF BLIND BARTIMAEUS AFTER HIS HEALING
THE WOMAN
WHEN MARY ASKED
THE HIGH PRIESTS SERVANT
HAVING RUN AWAY FROM JESUS IN THE GARDEN
MAGDALEN
MARY OF MAGDALA
SIMON OF CYRENE
BARABBAS
AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS
THREE DAYS
PIETA
AFTERWARDS
AFTER SEEING THE WOUNDS
PETER
A MAN FROM PHRYGIA ON PENTECOST
BARNABAS TRAVELLING TO ANTIOCH
PHOEBE PERHAPS THE VERY FIRST DEACON
PRISCILLAS RESPONSE TO THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
FROM EPHESUS
EPHESUS
AND NICOLAS
FOR LENT 1966
THE STRIPPER
THE BAPTISM OF EASTER 1966
SMALL GALAXY
FOR PENTECOST 1966 I
LINES AFTER HYMN 456
MY SINS I FEAR DEAR LORD LACK GLAMOUR
WATTS VIET NAM JOHANNESBURG
I AM BECOME LIKE A PELICAN
SONNET 1
SONNET 2
SONNET 3
SONNET 4
SONNET 5
SONNET 6
SONNET 7
SONNET 8
SONNET 9
SONNET 10
SONNET 11
SONNET 12
SONNET 13
SONNET 14
IONA 1
THE DONKEY
THE PAGE IS TORN FROM A JOURNALTHOUGH NOT MINE
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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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