Deposition

Deposition

by Katie Ford
     
 

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Poet Katie Ford's debut collection, Deposition, confronts God in a language as shifting and ecstatic as divine encounter

This comes out of folklore.
Invented because tenderness at times must be written in. There was a woman.
There was a cross. But in fact they have hung him too high to be touched.--from "A Woman Wipes the Face of Jesus"

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Poet Katie Ford's debut collection, Deposition, confronts God in a language as shifting and ecstatic as divine encounter

This comes out of folklore.
Invented because tenderness at times must be written in. There was a woman.
There was a cross. But in fact they have hung him too high to be touched.--from "A Woman Wipes the Face of Jesus"

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Jorie Graham
Rarely is poetry of such extremity—extremity of experience, extremity of spiritual practice and insight—presented in a style which manages to both horrify, and still break the heart, and, if not soothe, then at least find those reaches in the reader where there is compassion so open it awaits no recompense. Here is a poetry of witnessing—theological, emotional, intellectual—a private end to a century's horrors, a reminder that not all things begin again, and that from some reaches of experience instruction shines far less than the beauty of the survivor's report.
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"Rarely is poetry of such extremity—extremity of experience, extremity of spiritual practice and insight—presented in a style which manages to both horrify, and still break the heart, and, if not soothe, then at least find those reaches in the reader where there is compassion so open it awaits no recompense. Here is a poetry of witnessing—theological, emotional, intellectual—a private end to a century's horrors, a reminder that not all things begin again, and that from some reaches of experience instruction shines far less than the beauty of the survivor's report." —Jorie Graham

Publishers Weekly
Recent Iowa MFA Katie Ford (who also holds a Harvard M.A. in Divinity) explores an altogether grittier, more disturbing register of American violence and Christian belief in her first collection, Deposition. Though some poems (especially near the end of the book) show too clear a debt to Jorie Graham, much of Ford's work anatomizes her very own, and very striking, fascination with first things, last things and the problem of evil. Especially compelling are several long-lined poems entitled "Last Breath": in one of those, "They blindfolded her put her in the closet for a month/ they didn't want her dead grass pulled out they wanted her to believe."
Library Journal
In moody, reflective verse as if seen through a darkened windowpane on a rainy autumn day, Ford explores the rigors of faith represented by Christ's descent (or "deposition") from the Cross. Clearly, this first collection makes unexpected use of Ford's Master of Divinity degree from Harvard. (LJ 2/1/03) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781555973742
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
827,010
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.26(d)

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