The Darkling Psalter

Andy Patton
Translations of the psalms and poetry inspired by the psalter.
Created 01 Jun 2021
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  • Psalm 88—Panicseed Sprouted Everywhere
    31 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 2 0
    Note From Andy I asked you what Psalms I should do next and you chose Psalm 88. So here you go. It really puts the “dark” in “darkling.” If this Psalm describes your experiences, I hope my rendition c...
  • Psalm 34—Listen For The Sound Of Water On Rocks
    16 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 1 1
    Before we get to Psalm 34, the winners of the poll are in. After this, I’ll be doing Psalm 88 (it’ll be a bit of a downer) and Psalm 46 (not a downer at all and interesting for the way it is quoted in...
  • Psalm 34 Rendition—I Shook Inside His Grip And Slipped
    16 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    Rendition of Psalm 34 Lord, you are my hallow and hope. I tell of your marvels. My life is your boast. May those who are cast off Take comfort and consolation. May the rumor of God grow great among us...
  • Psalm 34 Poem—Listen For The Sound Of Water On Rocks
    16 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    Notes on the Poem This is about Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Having your head around the basic plot of the play will help understand where the characters and images in the poem are coming from. The stor...
  • What Psalm Do You Want Me To Do Next?
    15 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Hello Darkling Psalter readers. I wanted to shoot off a quick email in order to (1) give you a preview of an upcoming poem for Psalm 34 and (2) send you a poll to invite you to vote on what Psalm I sh...
  • Psalm 130 Poem—A Treasure You Must Destroy To See
    30 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 2 3
    Psalm 130 Poem—A Treasure You Must Destroy To See That first couple discovered Their bodies were made for gladness. Then in the blush of shame They donned knowledge Like clothing hastily sewn. But you...
  • Psalm 130 Rendition—Until Your Love Is Healed And Whole
    30 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Rendition Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord. God, hear my voice. I need you to attend To my pleas for mercy. If you kept our crooked loves always before you, Who could endure it? But with you is f...
  • Life, Death, and the Meaning of Time: A Journey Through T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    If you want to understand the Darkling Psalter, you need to understand Four Quartets. T. S. Eliot is among the greatest poets of the twentieth century. However, his masterpiece, Four Quartets, remains...
  • What I Bought With Your Subscriptions
    16 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Sorry for the flurry of audio files the past few days, folks. I wanted to put them up in order to to get the Spotify podcast (the audio versions) caught up with the Substack (the text versions). I als...
  • Psalm 86 Poem—The Years You Were Always Elsewhere
    16 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 2
    Notes on the Poem Along with Psalm 142, this poem sits in a mini-series within the larger project of the Darkling Psalter of poems that uses the image of water to reflect on memory, regret, life, and ...
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