Fall 1989 • Vol. XI No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1989 |

Six Sundays toward a Seventh (21 February-3 April, 1988)

If during meditation our thoughts move to persons who are near to us or to those we are concerned about, then let them linger there.                     DIETRICH BONHOEFFER, Meditating on the Word 1Do not trust in these deceptive words: 'This is the temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord. . .' First Lenten Sunday, and the Jeremiad Reduces us to heretics, Quite properly: the temple draws us inward Yet again. "Quebec Express" --The wind along our glacial reach of river-- Penetrates through nailholes, sockets. The fellowship, however, gathers. Till service starts, we throw clichés at winter, Chatting to unlock it, Warm ourselves. The litany assures, Its scope so narrow: Oh yes, we say and pray, they'll all be here. Jonquils; jobs; the chanting thrush; the sparrow . . . Blooms and babies, issues of the town. How spring will nap the lawns. Someone's good news to celebrate-- Remission. Calm. Some novel reven

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Sydney Lea , founder and longtime editor of New England Review, was Vermont poet laureate from 2011-2015. A former Pulitzer finalist, he has published twelve volumes of poetry, most recently No Doubt the Nameless. Lea is also author of the novel A Place in Mind and four nonfiction titles, most recently What's the Story? Reflections on a Life Grown Long. He recently chaired a successful campaign to conserve 400,000 acres of land in Maine.

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