The 2022 volume of the inSpirit Series, Incantations for Rest is an invitation to slow down and rest for those exhausted by the demands of a racist, ableist society.

Product Code: 6610
ISBN: 9781558968882
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Skinner House Books
Pages: 88
Size: 7 x 5
Published Date: 06/17/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $8.00

The July 2022 Justice and Spirit: Unitarian Universalist Book Club selection.

Incantations for Rest is an invitation to slow down and explore every kind of rest, providing sacred space for those exhausted by the demands of a racist, ableist society. The 2022 volume of the inSpirit Series, this stunning collection of poems, meditations, and magic by poet-activist Atena O. Danner is an examination of spiritual spaces, a love letter to Black well-being, and medicine for BIPOC people.

A call to anyone who thought they were alone on the journey, Incantations for Rest is for kindred spirits: neurodivergent folks, parents up late past bedtime nursing resentment, Black people in predominantly white spaces—anyone who has found themselves at the edges of Beloved Community. Within these pages you are invited to savor connection, question assumptions, admit to complicated feelings, and still make room for joy. It is a beacon of affirmation and a vital tool for ritual and reflection.

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Storyteller’s Invocation
Decatur, Georgia Creeks
Prayer for Artists and Creatives
Ancestors of the Page and the Call
Of the Altar
Singing Prayer
Evolution of Worship
Lineage of Magic
Facebook Vespers
Simple Parts of Faith
Sharing Losses
Swimming Alone
The Divine Audacity of Bree Newsome
Reckon: Reclaim
Changeling Generation
Teacher to Teacher to Teacher
Divine Right to Rest
Litany for the Exhausted
Litany of Oops and Ouch
Litanies of Worthiness
Labyrinth Chant
Benediction to Build a World
Psalm of Talents
A Spell for Warriors and Heroes
Thinking of Mathew
Spirit Does
Election Night 2020
Every Storm Runs Out of Rain
Blessing of the Instigators
Giving Each Other Our Flowers
Humble yourself before the brutal lessons of the free Black child!
Combing Liturgy
A Normal Conversation About Attending UU Churches
Unconditional Earth
In Darkness, All Things Are Possible
A Black Daughter Speaks of Rivers
Generational Wealth
Praise Song for a Desert Rock
Spitting Out Rocks
Attention Deficit Invocations
Dear Fear,
Earthen Vessel
Revenge Bedtime Contemplation
Stories and Stars
Kuumba and the Fourth Principle

Ancestors of the Page and the Call

Elders of the Message—

not quiet, not easy, not waiting another moment

Ntozake, Toni, Octavia, Pauli,

Zora, June, Gwendolyn, my mother (not an ancestor,

but a lit fuse . . .)

To my Ancestors and Elders: I honor you all!

My mother spoke to me in your language, so I would

be ready for this religion.

I take up the mantle

and bear the reverberations—the power! It shakes me!

I plant my feet . . .

Ntozake did not come for your comfort: none of y’all.

Mother Morrison did not come to suffer fools.

Octavia E. has an omen for you

Did you think Reverend Dr. Murray would let you off

the hook?

Zora gave less of what the world wanted

and more of what we needed: what needed to be said.

June said it plain and simply undeniable.

Gwendolyn’s quiet pace dogs your steps and keeps

coming and coming and coming . . .

The moment I touch the page, I’m howling the throughline,


the blood and joy.

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