Jennifer Clark is the author of two previous full-length poetry collections: Johnny Appleseed: The Slice & Times of John Chapman and Necessary Clearings (both published by Shabda Press). She is also the co-editor of the anthology, Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors (Celery City Books). Her poems, essays, and fiction have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Fiction Fix, Columbia Journal, Concho River Review, Ecotone, and Flyway, among others. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband John and son Tom.
A Beginner’s Guide to Heaven is not so much concerned with moving earth towards heaven, as it is with yanking heaven to earth. Even amidst our haste, failures, distractions, and worries, it’s all within reach. The poems invite us to see the mystery in the every day, and revel in the wonders of such things as moths, dandelions, dogs, and beer.
These poems serve as a gateway to the inner journey. They remind us we are one holy family cut from the same cloth, spiritual explorers of this beautiful, broken world. This collection urges us to pay attention and get to work, “while we still have time to build.”
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
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