The Color of Prayer: Poems on Rembrandt Painting the Bible
by James Green
Bringing together poetry and theology, this collection of poems was inspired by a selection of Rembrandt's paintings of scenes from the Bible. With both elegance and reverence, the poet's words complement these age-old and familiar works of art and enable the reader to view these paintings in new and inspiring ways.
ART / Subjects & Themes / Religious
ISBN: 978-1-947067-79-0 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Released March 2019
James Green has worked as a naval officer, deputy sheriff, high school English teacher, professor of education, and administrator in both public schools and universities. Recipient of two Fulbright grants, he has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Limerick in Ireland and the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. In addition to academic publications, including three books, Green is the author of the award-winning sonnet series, Stations of the Cross, and his poetry has appeared in literary magazines in England, Ireland, and the United States. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in English and education from Missouri State University, a Ph.D. in education from Saint Louis University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. He divides his time between homes in Muncie, Indiana, and County Clare, Ireland.
“A rich collection of ekphrastic poetry. . . . James Green’s theology and approach to scripture and art are sophisticated, but the poems are accessible . . . thought-provoking.”
“Green elegantly complements Rembrandt’s Biblical paintings. . . . With scholarly attention to detail, Green documents Rembrandt’s beautiful baroque scenes with sparse language, leaving readers with the bliss of paradox and the blessing of light.”
“Throughout the collection, Green is quiet and calm, reverential, almost as if in prayer himself. His erudition and care in expression bring the reader closer to Rembrandt. . . . Vividly depicting light and shadow in his poems, Green reminds us of similar contrasts in Rembrandt’s paintings.”
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