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Old and New Testaments
     

Old and New Testaments

by Lynn C. Powell
 

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'Lynn Powell's Old & New Testaments is a reclaiming of spiritual texts and traditions for a woman's life in the body--a life of childhood physicality, female sexuality, procreation, and nurturing love. Playful, tender and wise, Powell brings her gospel learning down to earth. We can hail her poems in an old phrase with a new meaning: they are full of grace.'--Alicia

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'Lynn Powell's Old & New Testaments is a reclaiming of spiritual texts and traditions for a woman's life in the body--a life of childhood physicality, female sexuality, procreation, and nurturing love. Playful, tender and wise, Powell brings her gospel learning down to earth. We can hail her poems in an old phrase with a new meaning: they are full of grace.'--Alicia Ostriker

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"A radiance and clarity suffuses Lynn Powell's work."
—Carolyn Kizer, Brittingham Prize Citation

"In Lynn Powell's poems we rediscover the meaning of the word 'testament,' for they give us a full testimony of a life, a family, a world. Whether writing of grief, or the Rapture, of a junebug or Aunt Roxy at the age of one hundred, she brings us intense, crafted narratives of self­knowledge, of facts so vivid they are painful, becoming signs and also wonders of life. These are poems of the recovery of spiritual desire. This is an extraordinary book, and an extraordinary new talent."—Robert Morgan

"These direct, loving, sober poems are the change we need from most recent verse. The intensity of the opening poems in Old & New Testaments builds throughout the book until, almost intolerable, it transforms into profound acceptance, the quietness that comes of acknowledging both life and death. These images and rhythms need no persuasiveness beyond themselves, brightening our spirits with the clarity of reality."—A. R. Ammons

"Lynn Powell's Old & New Testaments is a reclaiming of spiritual texts and traditions for a woman's life in the body—a life of childhood physicality, female sexuality, procreation, and nurturing love. Playful, tender, and wise, Powell brings her gospel learning down to earth. We can hail her poems in an old phrase with a new meaning: they are full of grace."—Alicia Ostriker

Booknews
Poems that explore Powell's Southern Baptist upbringing and how that history resonates through her adult experiences of love, loss, and motherhood. Winner of the 1995 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Paper edition (unseen), $10.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299149048
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Series:
Brittingham Prize in Poetry Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
82
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

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Meet the Author

Lynn Powellwas raised in East Tennessee and educated at Carson-Newman College and Cornell University. She has worked extensively as a writer in the schools for the Tennessee Arts Commission, the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and currently, the Ohio Arts Council. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, and other journals. She lives in Oberlin, Ohio.

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