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Today’s Poets Provide Fresh Literary Perspectives on the Most Popular Book of the Bible

25 Jul

For Immediate Release

San Antonio (July 24, 2008) -- In the newly released Poets on the Psalms from Trinity University Press, editor Lynn Domina brings together fourteen modern day poets providing remarkable reverential, celebratory, antagonistic, and even erotic interpretations of the Psalms, approaching them from a personal, often autobiographical perspective, demonstrating how relevant they remain for today's readers.

Closely examining language and imagery as only poets can do, these writers show the enduring power of the Psalms to affect us in many ways relevant to our various contemporary lives. Exploring themes, rhythmic structure, and nuances of language alongside religion, Poets on the Psalms is a delightful synthesis of faith and poetry.

"Lynn Domina has used her own poet's sensibility to arrange this fascinating book of essays on the Psalms. They are approached here not by historians or exegetes, but first and foremost are reclaimed as a book of poetry, by contemporary poets who set down their craggy terrain from a plethora of different angels, starting points, and perspectives. The result is a lively and very diverse set of 'variations' on the master themes of this ancient and (evidently) still living collection of poetry."
-- John McGuckin, Columbia University

The contributors to Poets on the Psalms are an engaging mix of emerging and established writers, among them David Citino, Madeleine DeFrees, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Alicia Ostriker, Carl Phillips, and Daniel Tobin. Including a former nun, a self-described left-wing Jew, a biracial gay man, a midrashic scholar, and a Texas rancher, the contributors to this anthology are a diverse group and represent the various and wide range of readers drawn to the Psalms.

About the Editor
Lynn Domina is the author of a collection of poetry, Corporal Works, as well as books on Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony. Her more recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in the Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Tiferet: A Journal of Spirituality and Literature, and Christianity and Literature, and she has been a featured poet at Heliotrope magazine's website. She lives in the western Catskills region of New York and teaches at the State University of New York in Delhi.

Poets on the Psalms
Edited by Lynn Domina
Publication Date: May 15, 2008
Price: $19.95 Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-59534-048-1
Price: $45.00 Library Unjacketed Edition Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-59534-04704

To receive an electronic a media kit that includes a Q&A with the author and study guide; to request an exam copy (for potential classroom use) or a review copy (for media); or to discuss speaking opportunities or interviews please contact Bob Todd at

To order call Trinity University Press at 1-210-999-8886 or e-mail Bob Todd
For Trinity University Press


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