Books

http://www.wordfarm.net/books/9781602260146/ Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poems

“I marvel at the wholeness of Walker’s vision, and how it pits the illumination of insight against the mystery of eternity.”  
Elaine Terranova

“Many of the poems in Helping the Morning display a quality that can fairly be called sacramental.  Jeanne Murray Walker is a major poet.”
–Frank Wilson, Philadelphia Inquirer Book Review

https://www.amazon.com/Geography-Memory-Pilgrimage-Through-Alzheimers/dp/1455544981/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487694399&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Geography+of+Memory The Geography of Memory

“What powerfully winds through the narrative is a poet’s wonderful reflections on her own history and the nature of memory, identity, and the self.”  
–Myrna Grant

“The Geography of Memory is, hands down, one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.”
–Paula Huston

“. . . it’s full of joy as well as sorrow.  What a gift she has given us.”
–John Wilson

https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Light-Literature-Life-Faith/dp/089112070X/ Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith

Shadow & Light is remarkable for the rich variety of its selections.  Spanning a range of literature from medieval religious lyrics to contemporary American poetry, from John Bunyan to Isaac Bashevis Singer and John Updike, it makes vividly clear that the exploration of spiritual values is not limited to believers of one faith, or, indeed, not even to believers.”
Robert Alter

http://www.alibris.com/Ambition-Scott-Cairns/book/34944215 Ambition

In this volume, nine members of the Chrysostom Society of Writers asked themselves what role ambition has played in their lives.  Their honest, funny, thoughtful responses range from Diane Glancy’s praise of ambition as a gift to Eugene Peterson’s caution that busyness can be crippling. Erin McGraw argues that the extent to which ambition is good or bad depends upon the goal—the what for which one is ambitious. Jeanne Murray Walker wrestles with the gender-specific challenges of a woman with ambitions and Gina Ochsner offers an entertaining appraisal of ambition’s insatiability. Other contributors include Bret Lott, Luci Shaw, Dain Trafton, and Emily Griffin.

http://www.amazon.com/Gaining-Time-Jeanne-Murray-Walker/dp/0914278738/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274463959&sr=1-10 Gaining Time

“This book is funny, subtly erudite, uplifting. . . .  It consistently hints at the greater mysteries, both cosmic and theological.  . . . Many poems explore. . the problem of accepting the brevity and relativity of one’s destiny as a transient creature situated on the ladder of successive generations.  A splendid collection.”
John Taylor, Poetry

“. . .she flies high—and also low and close when necessary—over her mighty subject, the inventing of America.  . . . discovers the fabulous in the daily and the wayward as a way of life.
Theodore Weiss

http://www.amazon.com/Tracks-Falling-Jeanne-Murray-Walker/dp/0802825729/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1 New Tracks, Night Falling

“Jeanne Murray Walker leaves her readers with the feeling of enormous power held in reserve only by the true instincts of a superb artist.  This is her finest book.”
Rod Jellema

“Yes, night falls in these poems.  But we’re in the company of a bold woman with a stout flashlight who . . .  reveals a path through the woods that is as brilliant in the dark as it is in the light.  I think I would follow Jeanne Murray Walker anywhere.”
Leslie Leyland Fields

http://www.amazon.com/Deed-Light-Illinois-Poetry/dp/0252071778/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_2#reader_0252071778 A Deed to the Light

“She has the timing and wit of a great comedian and the intense, quirky symbolism of a prophet.”
Image Update

“Underlying the overall intensity of the collection are . . .the startling juxtapositions of images and sudden metaphors. . . . But she never loses the familiar touch, the honest voice.”
The Midwest Quarterly

“Her great genius is her use of metaphors. . .  Toward the end of the book, the poems seem to step out of their narrative constraints, as interesting as their stories are, and become pure metaphor.” 
Thom Satterlee, Christianity and Literature

http://www.alibris.com/Coming-Into-History-Jeanne-M-Walker/book/1198942?matches=13 Coming Into History

“What an exhilarating book this is, full of passions and wit.  Any reader who thinks nothing more can be said about birth and a child’s new life has a stunning surprise coming.  Jeanne Murray Walker’s poems connect us with our past and our future; they shower us with the riches of the world.”
Lisel Mueller

“With Coming into History Jeanne Murray Walker takes her place among the best poets of her generation.  Her fecund and generous imagination embraces the commonplace and the bizarre with empathy and dramatic power.”
-Daniel Hoffman

http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?browse=0&keyword=Fugitive+Angels+++Jeanne+Murray+Walker&mtype=B&hs.x=27&hs.y=21 Fugitive Angels: Poems

“Fugitive Angels cunningly recalls, like a mother reminding children it is time to eat, the creeds by which we pretend we live.  These creeds are set against more acceptable fictions, and more acceptable rationalism.  The fine line between the two is the space in which Walker locates her work.  These poems fit.  They bend and flex.  They are funny, punning, and clear-headed.” 
Peggy Phelan, The Women’s Review of Books

“Jeanne Murray Walker’s second book is long, substantial, energetic.  She is both story-teller and metaphysician.  The best of these poems have the plain radiance of Walker Evans photographs.”  
Jane Cooper, Washington Post Book World

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0914946242/ Nailing Up the Home Sweet Home

“What a splendid first book!  Jeanne Murray Walker’s poems ring true and wild as currents of wind inside a storm cloud.  They never fail in their allegiance to the life of complex feelings inside her and inside us.”
Richard Hugo

“Walker does not employ comfortably plain speech but something trickier, something more nearly the music of verse, though it has a certain tartness that keeps you off balance, harpsichord rather than piano. This book has the compulsiveness of fiction which makes us want to turn the page, for which we submit ourselves to the rise and fall of the largest emotional rhythms.”
Dave Smith, The American Poetry Review