Susan Sink is the author of two books of poems, H is for Harry and The Way of All the Earth, and Habits, a collection of 100-word stories about the lives of Benedictine Sisters. She is also the author of three volumes and a collected edition of The Art of The Saint John’s Bible. To learn more about The Saint John’s Bible, click here.
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H is for Harry now available for purchase.
H Is for Harry, the third book of poetry from Susan Sink, is a tightly woven collection of poems on a variety of subjects, including divorce and remarriage, the role of language and literature in life, and the ways in which language contributes to identity. The title poem explores the author’s first encounter with language, namely the letter “h,” which comes to mean things in the real world, like Helen Keller’s first comprehension of the word “water” spelled into her hand. The poems take place in a variety of American landscapes, the Atlantic coast of childhood vacations and the foreboding Pacific coast of adulthood. She takes us on a long bike ride through the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the hills of Northern California, asserting a “self” into the many-storied places she lives, “from sea to shining sea.” There is delight in the life and in the language, as the narrator of the poems finds her way in and out of marriages and seeks a way to integrate the experiences— even going so far as to put “the two husbands” together in a poem. These poems are deeply rooted and wildly generous, like the dazzling litany that describes the author’s large vegetable garden, a celebration of sustenance and abundance reflecting the collection itself. To read an interview with the author about the book, click here.
Habits is a collection of 100-word stories based on the lives of Benedictine Sisters in Minnesota. The source material is primarily the stories and oral histories of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. In the 1950s, they were the largest Benedictine order in the world. These pieces, somewhere between poetry and prose, explore their daily lives of work, prayer and community. Visit the book at www.facebook.com/100wordhabits to read excerpts.
The Way of All the Earth
These poems have a visual richness, narrative depth and lyric beauty that invites the reader into their world. That world is populated by women in the grips of religious fanaticism, drunkards and lovers, mothers and sisters, and at the center of it a young woman trying to find the words to tell the tale of a life and make sense of the way we all struggle to cope with life’s burdens and recognize life’s beauty. These poems tell the story of the way we all do the best we can to love and life. As one poem says, “It wasn’t the healing, ever, that mattered. / It was the love, even done this poorly, / what little we could do with what the world allowed: / our battered hands and this God.”
The Art of The Saint John’s Bible:
The Complete Reader’s Guide
The Saint John’s Bible is a hand-written, hand-illuminated bible by calligrapher Donald Jackson. Revised and expanded from three individual volumes, this book introduces readers to the theology and the craft behind this master work of art and insight into the biblical texts for each of the illuminations.
full-color illustrations of the illuminations and reflection questions
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The Art of The Saint John’s Bible: A Reader’s Guide to Pentateuch, Psalms and Gospels and Acts
The Saint John’s Bible is a hand-written, hand-illuminated bible by calligrapher Donald Jackson. This volume introduces readers to the theology and the craft behind this master work of art.
full-color illustrations of the illuminations
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The Art of The Saint John’s Bible: A Reader’s Guide to Wisdom Books and Prophets
The author’s favorite volume in the series!
This second volume of The Art of The Saint John’s Bible series introduces readers to the theology and craft of two volumes of the hand-written, hand-illuminated bible by calligrapher Donald Jackson. Among the most vivid of the volumes, Prophets and Wisdom Books will put these lesser-known books of the bible in context and offer opportunities for reflection on text and art.
full-color illustrations of the illuminations
The Art of The Saint John’s Bible: A Reader’s Guide to Historical Books and Letters and Revelation
This third volume of The Art of The Saint John’s Bible series introduces readers to the theology and craft of the final two volumes of the hand-written, hand-illuminated bible by calligrapher Donald Jackson, Historical Books and Letters and Revelation. Encounter the stories of Israel’s history and the Christian theology of Letters and Revelation in a fresh way.
full-color illustrations of the illuminations throughout
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