Accompanied by Angels: Poems of the Incarnation

Luci Shaw (Author)

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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publish Date
July 01, 2006
6.32 X 0.3 X 7.58 inches | 0.32 pounds

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About the Author

Shaw is a frequent retreat facilitator and leads writing workshops in church and university settings. She has lectured in North America and abroad on topics such as art and spirituality, the Christian imagination, poetry-writing and journal-writing as an aid to artistic and spiritual growth. She is poetry editor and a contributing editor of the quarterly journal Radix that celebrates art, literature, music, psychology, science and the media. She is also poetry and fiction editor of Crux, an academic journal published quarterly by Regent College. In 2013 she received the Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University and Image, and her papers are preserved in the Luci Shaw Collection at Wheaton College's Buswell Library. Shaw lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her husband John Hoyte.


Scott Cairns
"In the language of salt and sinew, grit and grace, Luci Shaw articulates into fresh apprehension the Word made flesh, the Holy One hallowing all things by His becoming one of them." Jeanne Murray Walker
"What a remarkable steadiness of attention is documented in this book! It is deeply moving to think how these poems were made ritually, one a year, slowly accumulating for sixty years. Luci Shaw is one of our most gifted poets; maybe that's why this archaeological dig to her beginnings makes me so happy. It is fascinating to watch her marshal her forces, gather linguistic power, and fill a lifetime to the brim with limpid, startling poems." John Leax
"Luci Shaw knows that 'what must be announced' cannot easily be said. She knows that incarnation makes 'impossible demands' on the poet. A faithful bearer of the Word, she risks everything. Metaphor after metaphor, image after complicating image, she sustains her dedication to making the old story new. In her poems we find 'that flash of absolute knowing' that cannot be earned but is given by grace to the open and waiting." Julia Kasdorf
"For good reason Luci Shaw has become an institution of the Christian literary world, and here is her sequence dealing with an explicitly Christian subject ? the life of Jesus Christ, vividly figured over the course of the writer's lifelong imaginative work. These lucid, engaging narrative lyrics of both free and formal verse could serve as devotional reading for the devout or as compelling invitations to the seeker. Carefully crafted yet never pretentious or aloof, they bring the sacred close without denying its inexplicable mystery so that, reading them, we too may seem to be accompanied by angels."