Poetic Faith + Morning Rites

Poetic Faith + Morning Rites

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Coming in December 2018: David Mutschlecner’s Poetic Faith and Reed Bye’s Morning Rites beget — in formally distinct ways — a profoundly affirmative state of lyrical wakefulness. Both poets abide the creative moment with great care; their deep listening results in two prescient, finely wrought documents suffused with joy.


Poetic Faith
| David Mutschlecner

A journal of theopoetics, where poetry shines a light into theology, cleansing it of dogmatism while nurturing inclusivity. “David Mutschlecner’s meditations,” writes Elizabeth Robinson, “demonstrate the mutual suffusion of metaphysics and poetics. His terse essays fearlessly take on the most daunting subjects: beauty, signification, revelation, presence, relationship… Suddenly, the reader finds herself in the midst of a universe that peels back its skin to reveal its living core.”

Morning Rites | Reed Bye

A generous new collection of verse by longtime pioneer of contemplative poetics in America, Reed Bye. “Sometimes incantatory, often humorous, and always surprising,” Bye’s poetry is an exercise in communion, showing us a way through language into sheer living. (Maureen Seaton) “He lets the round world come into the round eye on its own terms,” writes David Mutschlecner. “There is no imposition, no going out there, so to speak, because whatever we are is already ‘round the pools.’ There is no subterfuge, no guile. Deep clarity is found—by a rare wonder—in pure utterance.”

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David Mutschlecner

is the author of four titles from Boise State's Ahsahta Press: Esse (2002), Sign (2007), Enigma and Light (2012), and Icon (2018). He grew up in Bloomington, Indiana; moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in his mid-twenties, attending graduate school at St. John's College; and has now called New Mexico home for over twenty years. Paul Hoover has called David "an independent figure in contemporary poetry, because he cares deeply about divinity and the meaning of meaning." He is, in Elizabeth Robinson's words, "a tutelary spirit that guides us into the plenitude of poetry."

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Reed Bye

has mentored and inspired countless poets of the Front Range for decades. His lifelong study and instruction of classical modernism is unique for its combination of thorough scholarship and experimentation; his practice exemplifies what is perhaps the contemporary poet's single-most significant contribution: the communion of writing and living: compassion. A longtime professor at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Reed is the author of numerous books, including Some Magic at the DumpErstwhile CharmsBorder ThemeHeart's BestiaryPassing Freaks and GracesCatching On, and Join the Planets: New and Selected Poems. He has released two original CDs, Long Way Around (Farfalla, McMillan & Parrish, 2005) and Broke Even (Fast Speaking Music, 2013).