Thanks for the suggestion of Philip Glass' interpretation of Cohen's book Trent - I'll certainly look it up. One of Cohen's earlier poetic works - The Book of Mercy - is, in my opinion, so good that it both hurts to read it, and it makes you hungry.
Walter Wangerin is a Lutheran minister, and also is (or at least was) writer in residence at Valpariso University - he's written fable, fiction, narrative, short stories, instruction and, more recently, put a "bible as a novel" project into print - which is poetic, playful and beautiful. A friend of mine heard him read some of his stories at the Greenbelt Arts festival in the early 90s and bought one of his books, which circulated amongst our community, and then began a lifelong love of his wordcraft for me.
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