Angel Chimes: Poems of Advent and Christmas
poems by Judith Sornberger
In Angel Chimes, writer, poet, and scholar Judith Sornberger draws on her broad academic and personal interests in women’s studies, religion, Mariology, iconography, and art to consider, in poetry, the Biblical stories memorialized during the Christian liturgical cycle of Advent and Christmas. Presented in three sections—Preparations, Silent Night, and Holy Family—these poems are complemented by select art works representing the past six centuries. As the poet reaches back into the ancient stories, she illuminates our own sacred stories—personal, family, and communal. One need not be religious to enjoy this beautifully designed book that will surely add meaning and inspiration to any reader’s appreciation for the popular seasons of Advent and Christmas.
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ISBN: 978-1-951651-61-9 (print; softcover)
Released November 2020
Prize-winning poet Judith Sornberger is the author of three other full-length poetry collections—I Call to You from Time (Wipf & Stock, 2019), Practicing the World (CavanKerry, 2018) and Open Heart (Calyx Books)—and five chapbooks. Her prose memoir, The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany, is from Shanti Arts. She is professor emerita of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where she taught English and created the Women’s Studies Program. She lives on the side of a mountain outside Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, among deer, bears, and bobcats.
“Reading this concentrated gem of a book, one is triply gifted—with the poet’s words, the artists’ images, and the true spirit of the holidays. Sornberger captures the beauty and complexity of the season with such honesty, insight, and lyricism that it is like lighting one candle after another. Anyone who spends time within these radiant pages emerges blessed. A feast for the soul and a book of wisdom, this collection is the perfect present for everyone on your list.”
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