Margo Swiss, ed. Poetry as Liturgy: An Anthology by Canadian Poets

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Swiss Liturgy scan


This anthology features contributors from several Christian denominations, including the late Marianne Bluger (to whom the book is dedicated), Fr. Pier Giorgio di Cicco, Susan McCaslin, John Terpstra, Alice Major, Sarah Klassen, Leif Vaage, Meaghan Strimas, David Waltner-Toews, Hannah Main-van der Kamp, David Reibetanz, Suzanne Collins, and John Reibetanz. In addition to a lengthy introduction to the subject of poetry as liturgy, all fourteen poets reflect on the relationship of poetry to liturgy in terms of their own experience.


“This beautifully produced anthology offers an introductory essay by Margo Swiss that serves as a worthy apologia for poetry as liturgy. Swiss and thirteen other writers who deserve a place in the library of religious poetry in the twentieth century have collected their selections in response to this unique rubric. The compelling results represent the work of acclaimed and seasoned poets who form the literati of the poetry of religious experience in Canada” (Lynn Szabo, Christianity and Literature).



Honourable Mention, The Alcuin Society 2007 Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada (category: Poetry).



Poetry as Liturgy is a splendid volume drawing widely on various poets working in Canada and representing . . . various denominations of the Christian faith. The volume has, in addition, a splendid introduction on the nature of poetry and liturgy that I found of inestimable help” (Michael Higgins).


$20.00 + postage



Liturgy launch photo



Readers at launch:

L to R: David Reibetanz, John Reibetanz, David Waltner-Toews, Leif Vaage, Margo Swiss, Alice Major, Sarah Klassen, Meaghan Strimas, Pier Giorgio di Cicco, Hannah Main-van der Kamp.







Photo: Linda Russell

Other photos: Launch of Poetry as Liturgy


Stan Bevington, Coach House Press, hand printing the cover of Poetry as Liturgy from woodcut by Nancy Ruth Jackson


Bevington and cover of Poetry as Liturgy












Nancy Ruth and Margo










Nancy Ruth Jackson and Margo Swiss on the coast of New Jersey (2007)


Photos: David Kent


Crossword: A Woman’s Narrative by Margo Swiss was among the first three books published in the series.

For her The Hatching of the Heart (2015), see

Her most recent book is Second Gaze (2020).