The Poems of Jessica Powers



Jessica Powers wrote close to three hundred published poems and over a hundred unpublished ones. She referred to her poems as "songs" and it is possible that the lyrics spoke as much to the inner ear - that silence where "heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter" - as to the external ear. For the natural world she came upon it abruptly and denied nothing, but gave to it a haunting beauty through her brisk clarity, powerful imagery, depth of perception and faithfulness to the human condition. Her early poetry reflects her Wisconsin background and experiences most clearly. The Wisconsin poems are a necessary prelude to the later poems of contemplation and mysticism. As a mystic Jessica came to express in her poetry the direct, intense, immediacy of God's presence. She is a contemporary poet in the ancient tradition of John of the Cross.



 

Songs of Wisconsin

 

Songs of the Spirit

 
 

The Valley of the Cat-tails

 

For the Lover of Nature

 
 

Celestial Bird

 

The House of the Silver Spirit

 
 

Petenwell Rock

 

Everything Rushes, Rushes

 
 

Richer Berry

 

The Kingdom of God

 
 

The Dead

 

The Cedar Tree

 
 

Nighthawks Flying

 

Creature of God

 
 

Dreams of You

 

This Trackless Solitude

 


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