Words to God's Music: A New Book of Psalms

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W.B. Eerdmans, 2003 - Poetry - 150 pages
Beautifully imaginative poems interpreting all 150 of the biblical psalms People for centuries have been drawn to the Bible's psalms -- to their beauty and power, to their music and their poetry. In Words to God's Music poet Laurance Wieder gives these songs of the soul a new and richly imaginative interpretation. Many poets over the years have translated some of the psalms, but Wieder's text -- contemporary without being trendy -- offers a complete version of them. The result of Wieder's sustained inspiration, careful craft, and deep immersion in numerous texts of the psalms, Words to God's Music is extraordinary. These poems speak with grace and eloquence to readers of literature and readers of Scripture alike. Wieder follows the traditional Hebrew division of Psalms into five books, with each of his 150 poems corresponding to one of the biblical psalms. This correspondence varies from poem to poem, as Wieder explains: "Some live fairly close to their biblical originals; some stand as commentaries or variations on the text; some venture afield." So these are not translations or interpretations in the strictest sense. And yet they get at the heart of the psalms, with an awareness of how they speak to "both the eternal and the immediate, living moment, " how they speak to every reader across time and circumstance. Many of these poems have been published in noted magazines and anthologies, but only here and now does Wieder's whole work appear in one place. It is a beautiful collection, with Wieder's words set to God's music in a way that will make listening to the songs of the psalms a familiar yet freshly profound experience.

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About the author (2003)

Laurance Wieder has contributed poems and reviews to the New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and Scripsi. He edited the highly-acclaimed two-volume work Chapters Into Verse: Poetry in English Inspired by the Bible.

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