Spiritual Ideas and the Human Condition Experienced through the Senses

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Fragmented Senses is a poetry book of unique sensitivity and depth, which is arranged in sections delineated by the human senses. “It comes from the thought,” author Audrey Brown Lightbody explains, “that beauty, knowledge, and inner yearnings are seldom understood as all of one big, unified piece. These come to us through our senses and in little pieces meted out in daily living. Central to the fragments and the senses is a thread that is God-centered. All of the bits and pieces can be seen as the seeking for a deepened relationship to the Eternal One. Surely the journey to wholeness is a journey toward holiness. It is a journey to find in everydayness a pathway toward living fully in a world that is constantly in change.”

Fragmented Senses is a poetry book of unique sensitivity and depth, which is arranged in sections delineated by the human senses. “It comes from the thought,” author Audrey Brown Lightbody explains, “that beauty, knowledge, and inner yearnings are seldom understood as all of one big, unified piece. These come to us through our senses and in little pieces meted out in daily living. Central to the fragments and the senses is a thread that is God-centered. All of the bits and pieces can be seen as the seeking for a deepened relationship to the Eternal One. Surely the journey to wholeness is a journey toward holiness. It is a journey to find in everydayness a pathway toward living fully in a world that is constantly in change.”

As an example, within a poem titled Clusters she writes:

“Everywhere I walk within the botanical garden

Everywhere I walk I am assaulted

by clusters of people in their variegated colors,

red, yellow, gray, blue, purple,

walking four abreast across the road

trilling out their praise of beauty,

extracting the joy of the redolence around them,

finding the wonder in the splendor

of the many varied floral clusters.

I am alone in contemplation.

I am alone in this moment of understanding

the times when God speaks through the clusters to me.”

Audrey Brown Lightbody has three books in publication -- two of poetry; the other, prose: Fragmented Senses, Faith Is the Journey, and Reflections on Caring for an Aging Parent. She has spent much of her life working within the religious community: as a Pastor’s wife, in the administrative offices of the American Baptist Churches USA, as the Administrative Director at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, and as the Executive Director of the Pomona/Inland Valley Council of Churches. She is also a freelance writer, whose entrance into poetry grew out of a monthly column she wrote for church. Publications. Though initially the column was strictly prose, she began to add a poem to conclude each column, thus giving birth to the poet within. Audrey lives and writes at Pilgrim Place, a retirement community in Claremont, California, which is populated by pastors, missionaries and scholars of religious studies.

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Audrey Brown Lightbody

601 Harrison Ave.

Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: 909.625.3772

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