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What Will Soon Take Place is an imaginative journey through the book of Revelation. It offers a poet's view of the prophetic, not in the sense of seeking out clues to the "end times," but a means of taking this strange, fantastic book of scripture and letting it read its way into personal lives.
Revelation isn’t about preparing for tomorrow’s apocalypse, but clinging to God today, drawing near to him amidst dangers, whether they come from outside violence, personal doubt, or his own terrifying love that simply won’t take lukewarm for an answer.
In writing these poems, I’ve drawn closer to the mysteries of Revelation rather than formulating answers, predictions, or theories. I no longer want to run from Revelation, but toward it, even when it scares and offends me. In the middle of all those beasts, gemstones, eyes, and swords, I listen for the knock. I hope these poems might beckon you to a deeper listening as well.— Tania Runyan
“Runyan’s work fits readily into the mode of the new poetry, with its zingy diction and the fizz of pop-culture references (Facebook, NASA, My Little Pony). . . she has been developing a method of juxtaposing biblical stories and verses with an aggressively of-the-times voice. Here, her inspiration is no less than the Book of Revelation, which is itself a vision of what will take place. Runyan is at her best at her darkest and wittiest, as in the poem, “The Great Harlot Takes a Selfie,” whom “software won’t block,” or the final piece, “Coming Soon,” which re-creates the New Eden as “backspacing into a garden/ before serpents unspooled from trees,/ before I positioned ficus leaves/ around my hips.”— Library Journal, December 2017
“In these poems the Third Horseman of the Apocalypse, the Sixth Seal, and The Whore of Babylon meet jello, car pooling, and Hollywood. The effect is sometimes terrifying, sometimes funny, often moving, always thought-provoking”. —Jeanne Murray Walker, author of Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poems
“ This collection constitutes an “apocalypse”—a revelation—that is at once disturbing, comic, and ultimately consoling.”—Gregory Wolfe, Editor of Image and author of Beauty Will Save the World
“This bold collection is stunning, with poems that reveal the visceral views of both the prophet and the writer.” —Luci Shaw, author of Sea Glass: New and Selected Poems
“These poems reveal Jesus in the ordinary and everyday,—driving the expressway, going on business trips, shopping at Old Navy, waiting at the drive through. In poems of trenchant beauty Tania Runyan reveals the utterly real world of grace that is ours for the taking.” —Jill Baumgaertner, Poetry editor of the Christian Century and author of What Cannot Be Fixed
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Tania Runyan is the author of the poetry collections What Will Soon Take Place, Second Sky, A Thousand Vessels, Simple Weight, and Delicious Air, which was awarded Book of the year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Tania was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2011.