Poet and contemplative prayer leader Melanie Weldon-Soiset loves opposites, and tries to find deeper paradoxes in them. Perhaps that's why this native Georgian was drawn to the opposite side of the planet to live in China for five years, or why she seeks quiet spaces in the bustling city of Washington, DC. The more Melanie practices contemplative prayer and poetry, both of which connect disparate images through metaphor, the more wonder, creativity, and hope she discovers in the world. Indeed, the process of receiving and creating beauty this season has helped to bring healing from past traumas. In short, Melanie believes poetry makes a difference in the face of uncertainty.
A note from Melanie about her lists and organizational process:
Every book that comes across my nightstand starts in my "currently reading" list, which means there was something that intrigued me to pick it up in the first place, but the jury's still out as far as my final review. If, after I finish reading a book, I believe it is worth keeping and sharing with others, then I'll move it into a recommended categorical list.
With the exception of my "currently reading" list, I've read, and recommend, every book in these curated lists. I know some of these authors personally, and can vouch that their wonderful words accurately reflect their character. These books represent where I've found hope, wonder, and justice. I hope they may cultivate those same gifts in you, too. To read my thoughts on poetry and prayer, and to sign up for my free newsletter of poetry and prayer resources, please visit my website: melanieweldonsoiset.com.