The Poetry Behind the Light

Carey Bustard | October 28, 2015

Luci Shaw was born in London, England, in 1928 and now lives in Bellingham, Washington. A poet and essayist since 1986, she has been a writer-in-residence at Regent College in Vancouver. Author of more than 35 books of poetry and non-fiction prose, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals. In 2013, she received the 10th annual Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. Shaw’s most recent publications are Scape: Poems and Adventure of Ascent: Field Notes from a Life-long Journey.

How would you describe your work?

My work, given to me by God, is to pay attention. This is to investigate, think about, pray about, and write about ordinary things to expose their significance. I need to write down what I observe and what I intrinsically know so it doesn’t get lost in the daily-ness of life.

As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?

I’m a small creature in a large creation put together by a Creator. We human beings are created to create. It’s what we are all here for––to take the ordinaries of our lives, reflecting on them and making of them something substantial and significant for the glory of…

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