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The Daring of Paradise
Guernica Editions, Fall 2013
104 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550717112
ISBN10: 1550717111
$12.00 Canada, $12.00 US

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The Daring of Paradise reconfigures stories and images from both multiple religions and from fairy tales, cracking them open to release new light. Poems probe the intense devotion in the letters of Paul and the sensuality shimmering within the traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. They cast lines across religious divides, gather elements of incarnate spirituality, and consider how, in our present moment, religion might speak to the body of the Earth. Both contemplative and provocative, The Daring of Paradise reveals a world shot through with desire and expands the ambit of devotional poetry, listening to "that polished emptiness pressing upon speech" and the "illicit locutions sung and fluted / through the back alleys of heaven."
With his eager articulate finger, God touches / the first pendant drop of semen and fondles / it calmly in the rain clouds of his mind ...

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