Synopses & Reviews
Kathleen Norris has touched readers throughout America with her thoughtful and provocative memoirs of faith: Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, The Cloister Walk
, and Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith
. She is equally admired for her poetry of engagement with the spiritual world and its landscapes. Journey
includes poems from three previous books spanning thirty years, along with a generous selection of new work that continues her radically individual celebration of the sacredness of life.
“Norris, whose poetry collections include The Middle of the World
, reached a wide audience with her prose memoir Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
. Readers of that book will recognize here her closely considered relationship with the prairie; her persistent and delighted spiritual questioning; her respectful identification with other women both ordinary and extraordinary; and her joy in stories. . . . Norris’s poems are characterized by generosity and compassion, as plain and spacious as the prairie life that has engendered many of them.”
“She has inherited [Emily] Dickinson’s view that the thing that inspires is the thing to be celebrated. The reader can often sense Ms. Norris’s sheer pleasure in writing.”
--New York Times Book Review
includes poems from three previous books spanning thirty years, along with a generous selection of new work that continues Norris's radically individual celebration of the sacredness of life.
About the Author
Kathleen Norris’s books of poetry include The Middle of the World, Little Girls in Church
, and The Astronomy of Love
. In addition to her best-selling memoirs (all listed as New York Times
Notable Books), her most recent prose works include Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and “Women’s Work,” The Virgin of Bennington
(a memoir) and a children’s book on Sts. Benedict and Scholastica (in collaboration with the artist Tomie de Paola) are forthcoming. Her honors include grants from the Echoing Green Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She lives in South Dakota and Honolulu, Hawaii.