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After the Garden: Selected Responses to the Psalms Charles A. Swanson

After the Garden: Selected Responses to the Psalms

Published June 30th 2009
ISBN : 9781934894231
Paperback
92 pages
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With engaging frankness shooting through unexpectedly at times to keep this Psalm-related collection from falling too far into seriousness, poet Charles A. Swanson provides a healthy take on religion that is diverse, human and sometimes even messy.MoreWith engaging frankness shooting through unexpectedly at times to keep this Psalm-related collection from falling too far into seriousness, poet Charles A. Swanson provides a healthy take on religion that is diverse, human and sometimes even messy. AFTER THE GARDEN: SELECTED RESPONSES TO THE PSALMS holds poems that are rich in imagery, deep in metaphor and populated with vivid characters ... a preacher mourning his torched church, a longing farmwife endlessly grading tobacco, a boy who hides behind the stove when he knows hes been naughty, a mother who stains her dress helping her father-in-law gather from his garden. There is humor, too, bringing essential and startling variety to this collection. AFTER THE GARDEN journeys into the heart, the head, the groin of the individual before his maker. These poems, like the Psalms themselves, are full of questions: Where is God in pain, in loss, in drought, in family history? This is a book neither of paraphrases nor of praises, though a sense of thanksgiving breathes throughout. This is not a book of easy answers to tough questions. It is a search within the journey, a search through which the person seeking God can find his or her own struggle mirrored in the lines of these modern poems. (www.MotesBooks.com)