BEARING THE CAST
SAINT JULIAN PRESS is excited to announce that in the spring of 2017, we will be publishing BEARING THE CAST, a new book of poems by Skip Renker.
Many of the poems in Bearing the Cast evoke rivers, real and imagined, where “love undisguised on the waters” can be difficult to bear. By turns wondering, skeptical, humorous, and grateful, these poems seek the sources of paradox: stillness and motion, time and the Divine, love and death, silence and the sounds of owls, horses, trout rising to feed. They explore a world that contains both “dragonflies with side-mounted eyes, impersonal and voracious” as well as barefoot seekers at “the doors of the holy.” These poems urge us to bear, even savor, the world’s cast.
Skip Renker has degrees from Notre Dame and Duke and an MFA from Seattle Pacific University. His poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, Small Brushes, Spirit First, and numerous other publications, as well as the Atlanta Review, Passages North, and Allegheny River anthologies. He’s published two chapbooks, Birds of Passage (Delta Press), and Sifting the Visible (Mayapple Press), and he conducts workshops and college classes in meditation and writing. Skip’s a father and grandfather, and lives with his wife Julia Fogarty in Midland, MI.
Ron Starbuck is an author, poet, the Publisher-CEO of Saint Julian Press, and an Episcopalian. with certain Buddhist leanings who values comparative literature and literary dialogues in many forms.