Jesting Angels by Ken BazynJesting Angels by Ken Bazyn

Jesting Angels

byKen Bazyn

Hardcover | June 22, 2015

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""All of us ought to be ready to laugh at ourselves,"" wrote theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, ""because all of us are a little funny in our foibles, conceits, and pretensions."" Yes, to a greater or lesser extent, we all belong to Hypocrites Anonymous. Laughter helps us to preserve sanity in a crazed world; provides the lubrication we so desperately need to deal with irritating people and situations. Furthermore, it accents our need for humility by pricking the balloons of vain pretension.These vivid poems are thick with allusions to literature, theology, spirituality, history, and legend. They range from sentimental impressions of the Iowa State Fair to a fantasy visit to All Saint's Night in Dublin; from musings on the extinct dodo to a whimsical take on the pranks mischievous angels play; from a litany of the likely suspects in a murder mystery to a beatnik's view of the ascension.In life, no doubt we will become the butt of many well-deserved jokes. As Don Quixote's sidekick, Sancho Panza, once acknowledged, ""Master, I confess that all I need to be a complete ass is a tail."" Laughter, then becomes, in the words of Niebuhr, ""a vestibule to the temple of confession.""""I agree with Bazyn: one mark of a bad religion is humorlessness. I especially liked the odd music of his poems, with their unexpected cadences and images.""--Brian Doyle, author of How the Light Gets In: And Other Headlong EpiphaniesKen Bazyn is long-time Editorial Director of Religious Book Club. He has written The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring and Soul-Wrestling: Meditations in Monochrome. He has also published articles in forty periodicals from Commonweal to Dialog as well as numerous photographs. His previous poetry collection is Gospel Midrashim: Poems on the Life of Jesus; his poems have appeared in sixteen little magazines.
Title:Jesting AngelsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:92 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.25 inPublished:June 22, 2015Publisher:Wipf and Stock PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1498220592

ISBN - 13:9781498220590