Seven Last Words

My first chapbook, Seven Last Words, published by Middle Island Press, features captivating art by Emily Mitchell, a foreword by poet Matthew Lippman, an afterword by author and theologian Belden Lane, and an in-depth interview with Mud Season Review.


The book is available through Amazon.

Praise for seven last words

"'Come to me, Lord, those nights/ when you might find/me at a loss' begins the fifth poem of the cycle, and who hasn't felt that at some point? In these insightful poems, Minchow-Proffitt juxtaposes our every day struggles for meaning and relationship with those of Christ's as embodied in his last spoken words from the Cross. These poignant poems remind us of how vitally alive and relevant those words, spoken over 2,000 years ago, still are for us today. The poems employ humor to serious ends in a voice that rings true to human experience making them accessible even to those readers who don't usually read poetry. Interwoven with the poems are Emily Mitchell's colorful, nature-inspired works of art, and the volume concludes with a interview with the author that explores the meditative life of faith and writing. A lovely book!"

-Daye D. Phillippo, poet

"I really like poetry that takes up religious themes (I should, given my current editing position . . .), but I am damn picky about my religious poetry. I don't like abstractions. I don't like schmaltz (well, I like schmaltz, but not in this context). I don't like thinly veiled theological polemics. I don't like trite answers. This poetry is none of those things. Rather, it presents a cycle of seven poems, each of which meditates on one of the Seven Last Words of Christ as he died. [...] I'd recommend these certainly NOT only for the religious among us (otherwise MSR never would have published them.) They're accessible and compelling to anyone who is interested in poetry based off of other poetry, or the Bible as literature, or poetry about personal beliefs, or, you know, just good poetry."

-Rosemary Zimmermann, poetry editor of Friends Journal and author of blog The Round Earth's Imagined Corners