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awaken. revel in the heat of your own flames. feel the drum beat throbbing in your gut, the searing nearness of the sacred fires, the slap of your bared soles against earth as you dance in the ash and embers of your own waking. you were made for the light, for spirit and sinew, for the uncertain dark, for hands holding hands holding hands. the song begins. you are not al awaken. revel in the heat of your own flames. feel the drum beat throbbing in your gut, the searing nearness of the sacred fires, the slap of your bared soles against earth as you dance in the ash and embers of your own waking. you were made for the light, for spirit and sinew, for the uncertain dark, for hands holding hands holding hands. the song begins. you are not alone. - from Night Cycles Night Cycles is the story of spiritual loss and rebirth, drawn from author Beth Morey’s experience of that desert place Saint John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul.” Morey beckons us along as she descends into the deep yet vividly beautiful realms of mystery and unknowing, shedding layers and stale beliefs before returning to the light with vital new life and knowledge. In the tradition of the mystic poets, including Mark Nepo, Mary Oliver, and Rainer Maria Rilke, these textured poems from a fresh voice nourish the seeker within us all.


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awaken. revel in the heat of your own flames. feel the drum beat throbbing in your gut, the searing nearness of the sacred fires, the slap of your bared soles against earth as you dance in the ash and embers of your own waking. you were made for the light, for spirit and sinew, for the uncertain dark, for hands holding hands holding hands. the song begins. you are not al awaken. revel in the heat of your own flames. feel the drum beat throbbing in your gut, the searing nearness of the sacred fires, the slap of your bared soles against earth as you dance in the ash and embers of your own waking. you were made for the light, for spirit and sinew, for the uncertain dark, for hands holding hands holding hands. the song begins. you are not alone. - from Night Cycles Night Cycles is the story of spiritual loss and rebirth, drawn from author Beth Morey’s experience of that desert place Saint John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul.” Morey beckons us along as she descends into the deep yet vividly beautiful realms of mystery and unknowing, shedding layers and stale beliefs before returning to the light with vital new life and knowledge. In the tradition of the mystic poets, including Mark Nepo, Mary Oliver, and Rainer Maria Rilke, these textured poems from a fresh voice nourish the seeker within us all.

30 review for Night Cycles: Poetry for a Dark Night of the Soul

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    As someone who has experienced my own dark night of the soul, I know I'll be coming back to this beautiful collection again and again. Morey's poems, which cover topics as broad as marriage and spirituality, motherhood and global warming, are at once both deeply personal and strikingly universal. As with all good poetry, her detailed descriptions of her own unique experiences and emotions manage to speak profoundly into those of her readers. I couldn't recommend this collection highly enough. As someone who has experienced my own dark night of the soul, I know I'll be coming back to this beautiful collection again and again. Morey's poems, which cover topics as broad as marriage and spirituality, motherhood and global warming, are at once both deeply personal and strikingly universal. As with all good poetry, her detailed descriptions of her own unique experiences and emotions manage to speak profoundly into those of her readers. I couldn't recommend this collection highly enough.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anya Monroe

    A compilation of gorgeous words that resonate with my heart and soul. So glad I ordered a paperback copy…having Morey's words at my fingertips is a gift. This is a collection that will be re-read, there are just so many gems..like this, "My soul slips off its sandals at all this holy." Breathtaking, right? A compilation of gorgeous words that resonate with my heart and soul. So glad I ordered a paperback copy…having Morey's words at my fingertips is a gift. This is a collection that will be re-read, there are just so many gems..like this, "My soul slips off its sandals at all this holy." Breathtaking, right?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather Mattern

    Read an early copy and fell in love with the way Beth puts words together. A beautiful collection to read and re-read time and again.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marika Gillis

    Night Cycles is an obscure book of 44 poems written by art studio owner, Beth Morey. I'm not sure where I stumbled upon it (likely in a thrift store somewhere) but Beth Morey is giving Mary Oliver a run for her money as my favorite poet. The themes in this book of poetry center greatly around womanhood- relationships, motherhood, reinvention, women prevailing (You Say, Rebirthing, Red). There are also some powerful poems that focus on the environment (Our Note of Apology to the Future), and one Night Cycles is an obscure book of 44 poems written by art studio owner, Beth Morey. I'm not sure where I stumbled upon it (likely in a thrift store somewhere) but Beth Morey is giving Mary Oliver a run for her money as my favorite poet. The themes in this book of poetry center greatly around womanhood- relationships, motherhood, reinvention, women prevailing (You Say, Rebirthing, Red). There are also some powerful poems that focus on the environment (Our Note of Apology to the Future), and one that took me right back to the feeling I had when I left Jack at summer camp for a week (Playing House). I read these poems slowly, savoring them and often rereading them three or four times apiece. Some of my favorites include The Beetle, Rustlings, Woman Rising, Swell, Incarnation. Also of note were Rainbow which left me with a feeling like I didn't quite understand what was going on, but there is something interesting there, Disintegration which felt like devastating sadness, and the incredible final lines in Spoiled Epiphanies. These poems are vivid and powerful and this book of poetry deserves more attention than its been given.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Marlow

    The reason I was drawn to this book was because when people are feeling distant from God, often sermons and theology don’t help as much as story or poetry, genres which tell the truth sideways, in a gentle way. In this collection of poems, Beth Morey perfectly and beautifully articulates the emotions that accompany a dark night of the soul. Beth Morey is a talented poet, and for me the greatest ones were poems such as ‘You say’ and ‘The Beetle’ which combine vivid storytelling with poignant emot The reason I was drawn to this book was because when people are feeling distant from God, often sermons and theology don’t help as much as story or poetry, genres which tell the truth sideways, in a gentle way. In this collection of poems, Beth Morey perfectly and beautifully articulates the emotions that accompany a dark night of the soul. Beth Morey is a talented poet, and for me the greatest ones were poems such as ‘You say’ and ‘The Beetle’ which combine vivid storytelling with poignant emotion, reminiscent of the late and very great Seamus Heaney. Some of the poems took my breath away, and made me want to read them aloud to a friend. The poems are structured around ‘Descent’, ‘The Dark’, ‘Ascent’, ‘The Light (or something like it)’, so you are taken from a journey from . As well as exploring the questioning of faith, on the way through she also covers themes such as marriage, motherhood and loss, humanity’s relationship with the natural world, and a celebration of femininity. One of the things I love about Beth’s work is her ability to make the physical world large and colourful even while she is describing abstract concepts like doubt, joining emotion and body together in her words. Raw, evocative, powerful, and (what I most appreciate in a poetry collection) intelligible rather than obscure – I thoroughly recommend this book of beautiful words.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Farfoff

    I got an early copy of this and enjoyed it. The book takes you on a beautiful raw bodily journey deep into the darkness and back out. You'll want to keep a highlighter close so you can mark all the phrases you want to remember. My favorite: the spiritual disciplines Other Quotables: "when time's skin is thin and you are bared" "when she asks you to hold her soiled soul as softly as she's held yours" "I thought it was supposed to be straight and narrow, this way. That's what everyone said..." "we hav I got an early copy of this and enjoyed it. The book takes you on a beautiful raw bodily journey deep into the darkness and back out. You'll want to keep a highlighter close so you can mark all the phrases you want to remember. My favorite: the spiritual disciplines Other Quotables: "when time's skin is thin and you are bared" "when she asks you to hold her soiled soul as softly as she's held yours" "I thought it was supposed to be straight and narrow, this way. That's what everyone said..." "we have forgotten what night tastes like, salted by full moon silver rupturing the dark."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lee Kuper

    While poetry and the place it finds in your life is personal and therefore difficult to tell people "Read this!"; this body of work can be recommended just on the sheer musicality of the words. I will be returning to savor those I enjoyed and even revisit others, if only for the imagery. While poetry and the place it finds in your life is personal and therefore difficult to tell people "Read this!"; this body of work can be recommended just on the sheer musicality of the words. I will be returning to savor those I enjoyed and even revisit others, if only for the imagery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Turner

    Hauntingly beautiful

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anna Meade

    Beautiful book of poetry. I love the way the collection is divided in the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Keishua

    so wonderful! a heavy subject handled with such light and wisdom.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maritza Valle

    Beautiful poetry of all temperatures, to be gobbled all at once or parsed out over time, words that connect the head to the heart.

  12. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Madi Kay

  22. 5 out of 5

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    TheLibraryOfSarah

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin Housewright

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    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  30. 4 out of 5

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