My online path recently crossed that of poet Rachel Mennies, and how glad I am that it did. Soon enough, I was immersed in Mennies’s debut full-length poetry collection, The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards. The book was published this year as the winning manuscript in the Walt McDonald First-Book Series in Poetry, housed at Texas Tech University Press.
Here, in part, is how ImageUpdate has described the collection:
Rachel Mennies’s first collection is a powerful lyric account of a woman’s search for self through her relationship to God, Judaism, and history. These carefully-shaped poems arrest the reader with startling imagery and sound. With a compelling voice that is at once anguished and utterly composed, these poems ask: how does one reconcile one’s personal faith and struggles with those of one’s ancestors? And how, within the context of this history, does one come to terms with a God of witness and mercy?
But, wait–there’s more. I’m so grateful to Mennies for the permission to publish this sample from the book: Continue reading ›
Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
Philip Rahv says relevance, not timeliness, is key to great fiction. Where is the fiction that is relevant to what is happening in Israel?
— D G Myers (@dg_myers) July 23, 2014
I have such respect for D.G. Myers. I’m so grateful that he launched this topic on Twitter today. And I’m going to share with you his subsequent tweets for your reference and edification (and for mine). Continue reading ›