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Sanctified: An Anthology Of Poetry By Lgbt Christians Paperback – July 15, 2008
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About the Author
The Rev. Justin R. Cannon is the founding director of Inclusive Orthodoxy (www.InclusiveOrthodoxy.org), a Christian ministry seeking a revitalization of the church that is inclusive of all people in the life and ministry of the church regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and also grounded in the scriptures and traditions of the Christian faith. Rev. Cannon received his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College and his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in The Episcopal Church as a deacon on June 4, 2011 and a priest on December 3, 2011. Rev. Cannon’s work has been featured in The Advocate, New York Times, Los Angeles Times. In 2006, Rev. Cannon was recognized as one of OUT Magazine’s Top 100 most influential gay people of the year and in 2007 as one of Instinct Magazine’s Men of the Year. He is also the founder and director of a ministry in California called Holy Hikes (www.holyhikes.org) and has a strong interest in eco-theology and environmentalism.
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How I longed to be colored
IN CROWD PERIWINKLE
Or DUMB JOCK APRICOT
Or DATING THE CHEERLEADER LAVENDER
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
SPARKLING FAMILY VALUES WHITE,
there was no room,
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.
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
-Salvatore Sapienza, author of Seventy Times Seven: A Novel
I wanted to remember each one. They spoke to my heart and I thought, people need to read this book!"
Mary Pearson ~ ChristianGays.com