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After the Ark #2020

After the Ark AFTER THE ARK Luke Johnson s remarkable first collection of poetry chronicles the author s upbringing as the son of two ministers A seasonal triptych the poems root themselves in the landscapes the

  • Title: After the Ark
  • Author: LukeJohnson
  • ISBN: 9781935520399
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • After the Ark By LukeJohnson, AFTER THE ARK, Luke Johnson s remarkable first collection of poetry, chronicles the author s upbringing as the son of two ministers A seasonal triptych, the poems root themselves in the landscapes they inhabit from the boulder fields of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the endless dusk of Clam Gulch, Alaska, to a half frozen lake in Upstate New York These poems ask the readeAFTER THE ARK, Luke Johnson s remarkable first collection of poetry, chronicles the author s upbringing as the son of two ministers A seasonal triptych, the poems root themselves in the landscapes they inhabit from the boulder fields of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the endless dusk of Clam Gulch, Alaska, to a half frozen lake in Upstate New York These poems ask the reader to move inward, to look hard at loss and see it stark and sure The narrative, often deceptively formal poems, show us the affects domestic tragedies can have on a family s faith in each other, how absence can color their collective memory Ultimately, they are poems of hope, artifacts or rescues of some kind Each one is a small proof that no matter the magnitude of the flood, through remembering there can always be salvage These poems ask the reader to believe there is something left worth saving.

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    1. A complex elegy on a mother s death, this is a book that must be read slowly, and given recent conversations about reading straight through or dipping in and out here and here , I would advocate for reading this one front to back, as the progression of the speaker seems paramount to experiencing the book as a whole.The speaker throughout the book is the son of two ministers, and in the acknowledgments, Luke thanks his parents for their love, their bookcases, and their level headed pulpits, ident [...]

    2. The death of any close friend or loved one is a wrenching, dislocating experience The knowns disappear, replaced by unknowns Simple things a regular afternoon visit, the way the dinner table is set, a shared piece of music suddenly disappear or become painful reminders For Christians, the loss is tempered by the knowledge and hope of heaven, but the loss and absence is no less great When one loses a parent, a number of transitions begin, some immediately Some say the loss of a parent is when you [...]

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