Welcome to my home page.
Here you'll find some work I've done, information about books I've published
and classes I teach, and eventually, I hope, more.
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Wow. Itís been a long, long time since I updated this page . . .
But my new book is out! Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace contains most of the literary essays Iíve written since Walker in the Fog appeared in 2005. Many of them take a theopoetic approach to subjects Iíve been pondering for years: poetry, God, heresy, peace, martyr stories, music, metaphor, and on and on. I hope that anyone interested in these things will find it worthwhile. Order it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and read an excerpt here.
From the back cover:
In accessible, lyrical prose, Jeff Gundy takes on poetry, peace, heresy, martyr stories, music, metaphor, and more in this sequel to his award-winning Walker in the Fog: On Mennonite Writing. Is there a tradition that is at once rebellious, deeply communal, wildly individual, and truly peaceable? If we recognize and create it, Gundy insists, the answer is yes.
Donald Revell, Author, Pennyweight Windows: New and Selected Poems, says that "Time was that American writing was intent upon entirety. Language was pilgrimage, and cadence kept the rhythms of a motive faith. It was a time of outrageous piety (whose upper register is poetry) and joyful critique (whose upper register is poetry)-the time of Thoreau's Week and Whitman's Specimen Days and Henry Miller's Air-Conditioned Nightmare. I am pleased to say that, in Gundy's Songs, that time is now."
Jean Janzen, Author, Entering the Wild: Essays on Faith and Writing and many poetry volumes, affirms that "With his lively prose and inquiring spirit, Gundy woos us into his poetic exploration of theology, a fertile journey through the complications of belief, desire, and mystery, which leads to an open table of love, generosity, beauty, and hope. This book feeds the soul."
As Gregory Wolfe, Editor, Image, observes, "Yeats once said: 'We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.' Gundy's rich, evocative book shows how Mennonite writers have made poetry out of their lover's quarrel with the Anabaptist tradition. In his graceful exposition we see how tradition and transgression are intertwined in one generative, ongoing story."
And Scott Holland, in the Foreword, reports that "Reading Gundy's Songs, I smiled in delight and satisfaction at a writer whose deep soul is simultaneously Romantic, Anabaptist, and Transcendental."
Some new things as of August 2011:
Recent poems online in The Adirondack Review, Arsenic Lobster and Hamilton Stone Review. A new interview with Cameron Conaway is here, and an ďArtist of the MonthĒ feature from Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion is here.
A new book I'm pleased to be part of: Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets, ed.
Todd F. Davis and Erin Murphy (SUNY, 2010).
And things not quite so new:
Spoken among the Trees was released in fall 2007 as part of the Akron Poetry Series. Click here for the University of Akron Press description and ordering information, or here and here for a few sample poems. If you'd like a signed copy, contact me here.
The title poem of Spoken among the Trees, "Night, the Astonishing . . . ," appeared on Verse Daily on August 15, 2008, and should be available in their archives for some time.
Spoken among the Trees won the Society of Midland Authors 2007 Poetry Award, given each year for the best book of poems in the 12-state Midwestern region.
A review of Spoken among the Trees by Cameron Conaway (from Rattle).
I was in Salzburg on a Fulbright lectureship at the University of Salzburg with my wife Marlyce from March-June of 2008. I taught three courses in the American Studies department, and we had the chance to travel a good bit, both in Austria and in neighboring countries. I kept a somewhat intermittent travel blog with text and photos that is still available here, though I will not be making more entries. A more serious project on this experience is in the works, God willing and the creek donít rise.
Here's one token photograph--taken on a sunny Sunday about 4/5 of the way to the top of the Gaisberg, the mountain on the northeast side of Salzburg.
Walker in the Fog: On
Mennonite Writing (Cascadia, 2005) gathers my thinking and
writing about Mennonite literature. One piece from the book, "Heresy
and the Individual Talent," appeared online in Mennonite Life. Click
here for more
information and an order form.
My chapbook Greatest Hits 1984-2003 appeared in 2003 in Pudding House's Greatest Hits series. It includes a dozen poems and an introductory essay. For ordering information, click here.
Other books and related links:
Rhapsody with Dark Matter Bottom Dog Press, 2000.
† †††From "Rain":
of Memory : My Days with George and Clara
Updated! Poems and prose excerpts from various sources.
Course materials and links
Yes, these are long outdated, but might be of interest to someone out there in web land.
LAS 302-02 Issues in Modern America Newly updated for spring 2009.
Modern Lit: Surrealism to Slipstream Information Click here for information and links related to English 265, surrealism, magic realism, and slipstream fiction.
LAS 301-01 Issues in Modern America Ongoing site for this course for spring 2006.
Mennonite Literature Page Created for ENG 265: Studies in Modern Lit: Mennonite Literature.
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