By W. Craig Gilliam
Where Wild Things Grow invites us to grapple with the relationships between and among people and things; to live with complexity, mystery, uncertainty and ambiguity, to ask the beautiful questions and to find the invitation in each of these experiences.
Poetry is not just a phenomenon of the mind but of the heart and soul. It invites us to grapple with the relationships between and among people and things; to live with complexity, mystery, uncertainty and ambiguity, to ask the beautiful questions and to find the invitation in each of these experiences, writes poet W. Craig Gilliam. Poetry leaves things untidy, in the eternal complexity of the way it is. Some of the poems include: Where wild things grow; Horizons; Venus; It seems a mystery; Behold; Extremes are easy; Love s many forms; Faces of the moon, Musings on silence, What is courage?; Forgiving; Restand many others. In this collection, Gilliam writes as a poet who has lived in and through difficult questions, not afraid to live with messiness, while inviting us to the place where. . . wild things grow.
Where Wild Things Grow invites us at every turn to a more precise, sensuous, and deepened experience of our individual uniqueness and shared humanity. A worthwhile read that offers food to digest and poems to ponder!
W. Craig Gilliam is the Coordinator of Congregational Services for JustPeace; the director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence for the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is an adjunct instructor at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and has a private practice consulting with churches and other organizations across the country. For more than 25 years, Craig has worked with different kinds of organizations and specializes in consulting with clergy and congregations of various denominations and faith traditions. His area of expertise are conflict transformation in congregations, leadership education, team building, and group process.