Claiming the Spirit Within: A Sourcebook of Women's Poetry

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Marilyn Sewell
Beacon Press, 1996 - American poetry - 345 pages
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Edited by best-selling author Marilyn Sewell, this rich and diverse anthology of more than 300 poems celebrates the sacredness of women's lives: the experiences that shape them, the relationships that sustain them, and the legacy that they build. In these poems, woman grow old, defy conventions and limits, fall in love and out again, wonder at their own bodies, and sing of the earth and sky. They pray, give birth, and make sense of suffering. As Sewell explains, "Those who write these verses do so out of exquisite courage...... They show us how to live."

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Marilyn Sewell is a writer, activist, and spiritual leader. She was named Minister Emerita of the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon, where she served as Senior Minister for 17 years before her retirement in 2009. Wanting Wholeness, Being Broken is the first of two books of sermons published during her years at the church, the second being Threatened with Resurrection. Her words of inspiration and hope are based on real experiences and rooted in a depth of spirituality that many, regardless of denomination or creed, find compatible with their own. Dr. Sewell received her PhD in Theology and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. She holds a Master of Divinity, an MA in English literature, and a master's degree in social work. The editor of four well-received anthologies, including the groundbreaking anthology of women's poetry, Cries of the Spirit, she is also the author of A Little Book of Forgiveness and A Little Book of Prayer. Her newest book is a memoir, Raw Faith: Following the Thread, which delves further into the inspiring life story revealed in the acclaimed documentary film, Raw Faith, available on Netflix. Marilyn serves on the adjunct faculty of the Attic Institute, a think tank for writers in Portland, and also is on the adjunct faculty of Maitripa, a Buddhist college in Portland. She writes regularly for the religion section of Huffington Post. The mother of two grown sons, Marilyn lives on the Willamette River with her husband and her cat Molly.

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