In the 2020 volume of the inSpirit Series, Rev. Sean Parker Dennison imagines letters from angels, draws on the natural world, and reflects on love and calling.

Product Code: 3612
ISBN: 9781558968554
Publisher: Skinner House
Pages: 72
Size: 7 x 5
Published Date: 06/05/2020
Availability:In stock
Price: $8.00

“I will break bread only with those who know
that breaking and blessing are one thing,
who worship the breaking open and the broken down,
who refuse to be given away,
but give themselves over to the blessing of being
embodied and sacred and free.”

—From “Communion”

In Breaking and Blessing, the 2020 volume of the inSpirit Series, Rev. Sean Parker Dennison imagines letters from angels, draws on the natural world, and reflects on love and calling. They chart a path, moving here and there, as if across a constellation—connecting mathematics to love, stars to saplings, and breaking to blessing. Rev. Dennison’s striking debut will serve as both solace and flame to readers looking for them in equal measure.

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To Invoke Love
Bring Me Home
I Will Love You by Being
Love is Too Much for One Poem
In Praise of Praise
Vocabulary Lesson
If I Called You Out
My People’s Hands
Prayer for Bodies
This is What I Need to Tell You
Tree Lessons
Love Untidy
How to Survive the Apocalypse
Always Calling
A Letter to Our Better Angels
Love is an Irrational Number
Anyone But
Less Here Now
Thanks to Marie Kondo
Letter from Our Better Angels
Can You Believe?
Seedling in Shadow
In Wholeness
In Praise of Limits
Charm for Healing
Blessing for Kin
Given the Trees
The inSpirit Series

Always Calling

I have been called countless times
just this morning, just this moment.

This breath that I am holding for
one extra heartbeat is calling.

This tiny speck of dust floating
above me in the light is calling.

This child with sticky hands
that wants me to look! look! is calling.

This task, this thought, this plan
that crowds my overcrowded mind is calling.

This day rushing through hours toward
dishes and chores before bed is calling.

This dream of before you died and longing
for more time, more time is calling.

This deeper sleep, dreamless, empty
time of repair and healing is calling.

This joy and that sorrow, the tear
that mingles both with compassion is calling.

This place and this whole world full
of suffering and beauty is always calling.

“I read this book as the world faces challenges never before experienced in my lifetime. Each meditation in Breaking and Blessing broke open my heart and poured in a blessing and I found my nervous system becoming calmer and soothed. ‘How to Survive the Apocalypse’ is especially timely and hauntingly beautiful. You will treasure this collection and return to it not only as a source of readings for worship and ceremony, but to soothe and bless your own heart and soul.”
—Aisha Hauser

“Sean Parker Dennison’s Breaking and Blessing did indeed break me open and bless me. Their use of rhythm and repetition of form turned their love poems into music—I don’t mean lyrics for a song with rhyme, but music itself, textured, flowing, and even stirring. Many of their metaphors made me pause, inviting me to savor their surprise over and over. The poet’s skillful use of unexpected summary conclusions to their poems invited a silence longer than a pause. This book is a gift.”
—Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini, author of Nothing Gold Can Stay and Sonata for Voice and Silence

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