During the forum on Pentecost, June 5, 2022, eight of these poems were presented by several volunteer readers, in the Parish Hall or via Zoom.
The request for readers:
If you would like to participate as a reader, please choose one or two from this list or suggest other poems.
The poem titles are links to web pages with the full text of the poems.
Please send a note including title(s) of poem(s) and poet(s) to:
You can read either if you join the forum in the Parish Hall, or if you connect with Zoom.
A compilation, Modern and Contemporary Poets of Christian Faith, lists many other poets, and includes a bibliography: Poetry Collections and Scholarship Involving Christian Faith or Scripture.
In the table, the years listed are either the year of a collection, or the year of first publication, when available.
|Title / Link||Poet||Year||Collection / Series|
|Vespers (Even as you appeared to Moses, because) (one of 10 ‘Vespers’ by L.G.)||Louise Glück||1993||Wild Iris|
|i thank You God for most this amazing||E. E. Cummings||1950||Xaipe|
Translation to French with commentary
|Derek Walcott||1987||The Arkansas Testament|
|An Hymn to Humanity||Phillis Wheatley||c. 1770||The Poems of Phillis Wheatley|
|Cantar del Alma|
Station Island XI (translation by S.H.)
|San Juan de la Cruz|
|16th c. 1984||Station Island (Heaney)|
|God’s Grandeur||Gerard Manley Hopkins||1877||As Kingfishers Catch Fire|
|Veni Creator||Czeslaw Milosz||1961||Collected Poems 1931-1987|
|Whitsunday||George Herbert||1633||The Temple|
|Suddenly||R.S. Thomas||1975||Collected Poems 1945-90|
|Our Mother-tongue Is Love; A Sonnet for Pentecost||Malcolm Guite||2012||Sounding the Seasons|
|Psalm 48: Magnus Dominus||Malcolm Guite||2021||David’s Crown: A Poetic |
Companion to the Psalms
|Psalm 105: Confitemini Domino||Malcolm Guite||2021||David’s Crown: A Poetic |
Companion to the Psalms
|The Fire||Franz Wright||2006||God’s Silence|
|To the Holy Spirit||Wendell Berry||1980||A Part|
|Can I see the buds that are swelling (Sabbaths 1999, I)||Wendell Berry||1999||This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems|
|Speaking in Tongues||Mary Rose O’Reilly||2006||Half Wild|
|Caedmon||Denise Levertov||1985||Breathing the Water|
|Little Gidding, movements IV-V||T.S. Eliot||1942||Four Quartets|
|Lightning||Mary Oliver||1983||American Primitive|
|From a Window||Christian Wiman||2011||Every Riven Thing|
|Pentecostal||Les Murray||1974||Lunch & Counter Lunch|
|Batter my heart, three-person’d God |
|John Donne||1610||Holy Sonnets, |
a collection of 19 sonnets
|Hymne de Pentecôte||Pierre Emmanuel|
|Athalie, Scene 1, L. 1-12||Jean Racine|
|Le Flambeau Vivant||Charles Baudelaire||1861||Les Fleurs du Mal|
|ДУХ СВЯТИЙ |
(Ukrainian, The Holy Spirit)
|2013||In the Light of the Word|
|Pentecost||Dana Gioia||2003||99 Poems: New & Selected|