continues the spiritual and philosophical explorations of Soul’s
Flight and The Illuminated Life by playing chords, taking
down dictation from the muse, imagination and soul––through
old and emerging disciplines––to feel resonance not only with
ancestors’ dreams but also with the poet’s place in the world.
In doing so, Communion recognizes ancient doctrine in modern faiths. The
poems reach for the divine by charting soul’s migration from willow
fen to farmyard, out to the cosmos, back in through the Earth, to a raven
or mountain for voicing again its search for communion with the divine.
in the shade of Wendell Berry’s meditations on the earth and human
dependency, Nancy Mackenzie’s poems, holding “echoes / part
eternal part pure now,” move effortlessly toward that communion
beyond but still enfolding the “stolen habitat,” reminding
the reader that poetry begins and ends in prayer. For those who “want
to see God,” these poems take us to the heart of life, bounded by
angels and remembered prairies, family lives beginning and ending, and
“throaty summer women.”
Like Nancy Mackenzie’s
ancestors, we pull up our chairs to her hearth, drawn in by the fire and
clarity of her spirit and her words. Here is a poet who offers us not
only the wild and the raven, but a glass of the finest, purest river.
Nancy Mackenzie lives
in Edmonton, Alberta. Communion is Nancy’s third book of poetry.
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