The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems, Essays and Lyrics

A New Companion Book Of Poetry And Essay Collection
Carrie is happy to offer a new companion book of poetry, essays and lyrics, The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems, Essays and Lyrics. Newcomer’s songs have always reflected a literary leaning, and she has long been considered a “writer’s writer,” evident in her many collaborations with celebrated authors such as Parker J. Palmer (The Courage to Teach, Let Your Life Speak and Healing the Heart of Democracy), neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor (My Stroke of Insight), theologian Philip Gulley (If Grace is True), environmentalist Scott Russell Sanders (A Private History of Awe), Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Barbara Kingsolver and more.

In 2013 Newcomer released her first book of poetry and essays A Permeable Life: Poetry and Essays to a generous and warm response. One of her poems, “Three Gratitudes” was featured on Krista Tippet’s On Being broadcast. This new collection features works that were the starting point for many of the songs on The Beautiful Not Yet album, and explore the topics of presence, paying attention, spiritual connection, hard times and hope. To the right you can see what author Parker J. Palmer wrote about The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems, Essays and Lyrics.

A Sample Poem 
From The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems, Essays and Lyrics

Cups of Light

You always arrive bringing light.

Carried in chipped pitchers,

And dented buckets,

Sloshing all that luminous liquid

Out like soapy water

Washing down the muddy floorboards

Of my weary or worried days.

Yes, there were others,

The ones who came carrying

Jars full of shadows

Which are also a kind of gift

I suppose.

But you (my friend)

You always


Arrive bringing dawn.

You open the windows,

Repair the screen door,

Without fanfare,

Or agenda,

Pour out and share

Cups full of light.

And when I am most dry,

You let me drink it all down,

Wiping my thirsty soul

With the back of a grateful hand.

By Carrie Newcomer


“Carrie Newcomer is an alchemist. With words, music and soul-deep creativity, she transforms everyday conversations and ordinary experiences into something precious and rare. The title she gave this book—“The Beautiful Not Yet”—names her secret, I think: she sees the beauty of everyday life before it comes into view, sees it before the rest of us do. Beyond life's broken facades, she manages to get a look at what Thomas Merton called the “hidden wholeness,” then shows us what she’s seen so we can see it too. Her work has been a great gift of inspiration and encouragement to me. I know it will be a gift to you.”

—Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, and Healing the Heart of Democracy

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