Review: The Ex-Nun Poems by Jeanine Hathaway

Jeanine Hathaway’s latest poetry collection, The Ex-Nun Poems, attends to everyday enfleshments of the Trinity with playful reverence. This ex-nun senses God in the conventional serenity of the desert monastery, where “monks file outside / in the fullness of their insular habits.” She sees Christ in a comic book creator’s “roar of blood and water.” Tucked into her nun’s headgear are “small feathers, from / the Holy Spirit.” Through peculiar yet precise sensory imagery and spare, vibrant language, Hathaway’s poems prove that our whole world—from the pool to the zoo to the prison—is bustling with holy mystery. (Finishing Line Press)

 Review originally published in The Banner magazine

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