- Series: Paraclete Poetry
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Paraclete Press (December 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161261857X
- ISBN-13: 978-1612618579
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Will Soon Take Place: Poems (Paraclete Poetry) Paperback – December 5, 2017
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About the Author
Tania Runyan is the author of the poetry collections Second Sky, A Thousand Vessels, Simple Weight, and Delicious Air, which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her book How to Read a Poem, an instructional guide based on Billy Collins’s “Introduction to Poetry,” was released in 2014. A companion volume, How to Write a Poem, is now available. When not writing, Tania tutors high school students, plays fiddle and mandolin, and gets lost in her Midwestern garden.
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Let me fall at the base of those lampstands,
light-headed from the simmering oil.
I won't even mention your name--
just dread you for a moment,
the waterfalls of your voice flooding my lungs
until you drop your stars and reach down."
'Vision of the Son of Man,' last stanza
If John the Apostle set out to write a book of poetry today, it would sound like this. Tania Runyan has a distinct gift of weaving contemporary culture into Scripture, unsettling (upsetting?) my faith in the best way possible. Like the Revelation she speaks of, I can see God and his work in a new way in the world.
Who knew that poetry could make the book of Revelation more accessible? Like "A Second Sky", Runyan's take on the Apostle Paul's writings, readers will find John's ancient words come alive. Awe, wierdness and wonder wrapped up in the best way.
Runyan’s poems know what to do with them. They make emotional and psychological room for John’s vision in the contemporary world we recognize—claiming voices that are at once otherworldly and wildly, terribly familiar, as when “The Antichrist at the Mall” says “your god took off awhile ago/ like a balloon through the skylights./I am available today only.” They vow to cleave to the world, like the speaker in “The First Horse of the Apocalypse,” who will “pull…out” the arrows from its shoulders, and “will stroke your heaving flanks,/…even if the book says I am too late.” Most of all, in their fierce lyric beauty, they ask formidable questions, questions that shake me and take my breath away—questions about theodicy and child abuse and the oncologist’s office and drones that kill children in schoolrooms and God’s love. In “The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse,” Runyan writes, “why invent a cadaverous horse/ to instruct us, why sharpen more swords,/ why, bloodied lamb, even break the seal?” The questions haunt me; the images hold me; the poems do not preach, but sit close by and sing, and will stay with me. This is a powerful book.