The Book of Baa and The Book of Haze – poems by Katie Manning

The Book of Baa

all that remains of Habakkuk

Lord
I have heard
you
repeat
Lord
like the sunrise
Lord
you
lift
sun and moon

with
my
own ear
you pierce
my
head

when
you trample
the sea with your
lips
my bones
tremble

yet I will wait patiently
as
the fig tree
Lord

Lord
like the feet of a
sheep

The Book of Haze

all that remains of Zephaniah

morning by morning
shoulder to shoulder
oppressors
will
consume
but
you
will not be found in their mouths

do not trust
roaring lions
evening wolves
or
people

obey
no one

do not let your hands hang
your God

Katie Manning is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review and an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, which won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and four chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. Her poems have appeared in Fairy Tale Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and many journals and anthologies. Find her online at www.katiemanningpoet.com.

‘These poems are from a project-in-process that uses the last chapter of each book of the Bible as a word bank. I began this project in protest–I was tired of people taking language from the Bible out of context and using it against others as a weapon–but as I continued I realized that this process of creating poems also resembles the practice of Lectio Divina, divine reading’

 

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