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Sanctified: An Anthology Of Poetry By Lgbt Christians
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good poetry is birthed from bruised and broken hearts, informed by sorrow and privation, flowing from hidden pain and unhealed wounds. Such poetry sings with a music all its own, combining assonance, alliteration and soul-satisfying internal rhyme. "Sanctified" limes the grittiness of life, of injustices long past yet not forgotten.

Cannon's writers bare the sting of rejection felt by so many gays and lesbians and explore the longing of the human heart for intimacy.

Fresh from the landscape of imagination, this book offers modernist free verse, some alliteration and flowing, free form introspection dealing with loss, hope, despair, love, sexual longing, loneliness and the tug of the soul toward our Creator.

Enjoy this soulful and energetic poetry alone or with a friend. Read it aloud, slowly, thoughtfully. And give thanks for poetic souls who grace us with their work.

While generally adhering to a high standard, "Sanctified" does contain a bit of gratuitous coarse language which, to this reviewer, comes off as sophomoric. That may be the only disappointment in this 142 page gem.

-Rick Brentlinger, author of, Gay Christian 101: Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay Christians - What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2011
Pea Soup GREEN

How I longed to be colored
IN CROWD PERIWINKLE
Or DUMB JOCK APRICOT
Or DATING THE CHEERLEADER LAVENDER
Instead of
GEEK MAUVE
AWKWARD NEON GREEN
And OH SO LONELY BLUE.

But the worst,
the most painful discovery
was when I discovered
that God had colored my heart
the wrong way.

You see, with all the
ROMAN CATHOLIC MAROON

and

SPARKLING FAMILY VALUES WHITE,
there was no room,

none,

for HOMOSEXUAL PEA SOUP GREEN.
-John Coons, The Crayola Crusade.

i've been reading john, linda, j. michael , ben and timothy
for days now, a group of sad or angry, dark or humorous
lgbt poets who - despite the fact that my middle initial
is "g" - outshine me in every way.

not because they're l, g, b or t, mind you, nor
because they're christians. because they're damn good!
i've described a mentor of mine thus:
she taught me "x", but she really taught me to teach.

so when I read these men and women, i could say
they've taught me to write and mean it.
to borrow the title of another poet, if jesus were gay - thank you,
emanuel xavier, - i think our savior would approve.

since i've borrowed from mr. xavier, i guess it's legal
to borrow from a poem I wrote, coloring kids.
color is a favorite theme of mine, be it
crayons, skin, purple or artist's blotches.

"teachers may have red pens which can strip away
the dreams of a child holding a bigger-than-life yellow
magic wand in his stubby fingers.
priests, exacting confessions prematurely,

wear collar and stole, no matter the sin, to
blanch milk-chocolate souls, prescribing fiddling with
rosary beads. nuns, black and white, decked out in paisley
prints these days, follow suit."

my colors and mr. coons' crayolas are kindred spirits.
when I read many of the startling poems of these
lgbt poets, I smiled out loud, or giggled softly.
in some of their work I could hear them speed up,

giving a reading, perhaps, -my heart fluttered hearing
in my mind the words of mr. holyoake's the thief.-and i think
yours would skip a beat or two if you read the poem.
i also recommend the poem of ms. heidenreich, not because

she shares her name with my jr. high reading teacher, but
because of the awesome words in i wanna be like jesus:
then surely jesus loves the little homos or at least is
in touch with "the little gay man in all of us."

i suppose, if i were qualified, one might consider this a
rave review of my christian brothers' and sisters' work.
i give thanks to god for giving them to us, and i thank
him for giving them awesome gifts to share with us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2008
I was so happy to learn of this wonderful anthology, as I had been searching for a book of poems by LGBT Christians for quite awhile now. Happily, "Sanctified" does not disappoint. Editor Justin Cannon has done a marvelous job of compiling a wide range of poems - some joyous, others painfully sad - from a diverse and talented group of gay Christian poets. I find myself using the book as a basis for my morning mediation, choosing one poem a day with which to pray. So far, I've been especially moved by Edward Gerard Debonis's "The Way You Dance"; Christopher Alan Gaskins'"When I Write, God Rises"; Mario Gerada's "Rhythms of Understanding"; and Canon's own "Across Eternity." I highly recommend "Sanctified" not only to those who struggle to reconcile their spirituality with their sexuality, but to all hoping to heal the wounds that exist between many Christian churches and their gay constituents.
-Salvatore Sapienza, author of Seventy Times Seven: A Novel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2008
"I started reading. I couldn't stop. So many contradictions. Such self-awareness. Some poems are sad or angry, and some are very dark indeed, but, I found myself loving the (often self-deprecating) humour of others, and admiring how these poets each have such a gift of expression. They write from their innermost being of loneliness, relationships, the pain of rejection and the joy and passion of love, of their relationship with Christ, the church, and with their families of origin.

I wanted to remember each one. They spoke to my heart and I thought, people need to read this book!"

Mary Pearson ~ ChristianGays.com
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2008
The theological message that homosexuality is a sin against God is, to state it simply, a flawed interpretation of scripture and antithetical to the stated love of God for his creation. Now an anthology of poetry by Christians who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or trans-sexual has been compiled and edited for the general public by Justin R. Cannon. Here are 142-pages of poetry by thirty-three Christian poets, each of whom offers insight and inspiration, affirmation and affliction, acknowledgments of pain and of promise by and for those whom God has created in his image, but whose sexual orientation differs from that of a majority of members within the Christian community of faith. "Sanctified" is a work of sensitivity, sincerity, and sanctify. It should be read carefully and prayerfully by every member of every Christian community regardless of sectarian creed or denominational affiliation. When/Is it right to marshal in/the absurdities in life/and agree with their recognitions/where substance cries out/To be heard/and love cries out/for support?/Who told you your prejudices/were just/and your hatreds cold bloom/like flowers/in a forest of crippling/wing bites/where birds are forced/not to fly? (Richard Tetreault).
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