A project of the Poverty Initiative of the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, "Out of the Depths: Poetry of PovertyCourage and Resilience" is a compelling anthology of over one hundred poems by well-known poets (such as Martin Espada, Naomi Shihab Nye, Gregory Orr, Marilyn Nelson, Wesley McNair, Brendan Galvin, Julia Alverez, Natasha Tretheway, and Kevin Young) as well as emerging poets and those never before published about firsthand experiences of poverty.
While the poets hail from diverse locations, cultures, and ethnicities, their work shares common elements of vivid detail, determination of spirit (either quiet or passionate), and compelling artistry.
"God is resident in all faces."Abraham Joshua Heschel
"God challenges our faith
with the face of poverty, "
"brings us to the altar
of our own emptiness"
"and asks us if we have the courage
to look at this"
"and bear witness."
Susan Deborah King is the author of five poetry collections including "Coven," "One-Breasted Woman," "Bog Orchards," and "Dropping into the Flower." Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including "Tar Rivers Review," "Prairie Schooner," and the "Willow Review." She teaches creative writing and leads retreats on spirituality and creativity in Minneapolis and Maine.