Forgotten Futures: a memoir – Bonnie Thurston
Bonnie Thurston’s Forgotten Futures: a memoir is a tender heart’s cry and a passionate celebration in one. There is deep poignancy and longing here, but not a mawkish or maudlin word. We travel in two landscapes – the world inhabited with wonder for each small detail, and the internal world of half a couple, observing both the relationship’s moments of grace, joy and intimacy and those of wounding, longing and loss. In supple, accessible language, honed to beauty, these poems resonate with a sense of the sacredness of small things and the transforming power of memory.
When Love Is Passed
When love is passed to you
on a bone china plate
like Petits Fours on a doily,
accept with gratitude.
Life holds enough
awful, heavy crockery,
and we have all eaten
more than our share of sand.
Bonnie Thurston, a native of southern West Virginia, lives quietly near Wheeling, WV having resigned the William F. Orr Professorship in New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2002. She earned the B.A. in English (First Honors) from Bethany College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. She has done post-doctoral work in New Testament at Harvard Divinity School; Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany; and the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem.
Bonnie has written or edited eighteen theological books and many articles, and taught at the university level for 30 years. She was ordained in 1984 and has served as co-pastor, pastor, or interim of five churches and twice in overseas ministries. She is an experienced spiritual director and retreat leader. Her poetry frequently appears in periodicals, and she has authored three volumes of verse. Bonnie is a widow, an avid reader, gardener and cook, enjoys classical music (especially opera and liturgical music) and loves the West Virginia hills.
Bonnie’s collection, A Place to Pay Attention, is also published by Cinnamon Press and a new full length collection, Not Sonnets, observations from an ordinary life, will be published in May.