Divinity School

Divinity School


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"The poet wants to know what happened next. After the flood subsides, when the world grew back, in the place of dials and switches, inside the constraints of earthly time where faces crack, flesh sags and fish stink. She understands that conflict is easier than kindness."—from the introduction by C.D. Wright

Divinity School , winner of the prestigious Honickman First Book Award from the American Poetry Review , is a wide-ranging exploration of spirituality, sex, travel, food, holy texts, and coming of age. Poet Alicia Jo Rabins brings a searing eye for surreal beauty in everyday life with a deep knowledge of wisdom literature, and creates a modern manual for living, a fearless investigation of how we learn to live in a human body both prism and flesh.

How to Travel

Sometimes you see the leaves as birds who have traveled all night and come to rest at dawn. Sometimes you feel the space between molecules of honey. Sometimes you are at the airport. Sometimes you are at the hospital. You find your seat an hour before sunrise and watch polar bears swim slowly underwater through the glass. Oh immigration, oh fluorescent lights, the surgeon's rubber gloves, brush-tips of death against your cheek. This country stamps your passport and hands it back forever changed.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, musician, and Torah scholar. She teaches ancient Jewish texts to children and adults and performs internationally as a violinist and singer. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986093890
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Alicia Jo Rabins, author: Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, musician, and Torah scholar. She was born in Oregon and grew up in Baltimore and New York City. Alicia’s poems appear in Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, 6x6, The Boston Review, and elsewhere. She teaches ancient Jewish texts to children and adults and performs internationally as a violinist and singer. Alicia lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, daughter, and son.

C.D. Wright, judge and introducer: C.D. Wright has published over a dozen works of poetry and prose, including the recent volumes One With Others, which was nominated for a National Book Award, One Big Self: An Investigation, and Rising Falling Hovering. Among her many honors are the Robert Creeley Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She teaches at Brown University and lives outside of Providence, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Introduction CD. Wright xi

Blue Table of Sky 5

The Definitions 6

Malkhut 7

How to Travel 8

The Story of Noah 9

How You Came to Be 10

The Magic 12

Fish Poetica 13

The Man in the Earth Room 14

Atitlan 16

Between the Tongue and the Warm Salt 17

Too Late 18

How to Graduate 19

Dear Earth Room Man 20

How to Tell Time 22

How to Cross-Country Ski 23

Divinity School 24

How to Sing 25

My Desire for the Supermodel vs. My Desire for the 50-Year-Old Expert on Arcane Languages 26

The Story of Jonah 27

How to Assess Your Net Worth 28

The Separation Course 29

How to be a Prophet 30

How to Make a Girl Come 31

Invocation to Charlotte, Goddess of the Tarmac 32

Sister 34

Here are the Clues 35

How the Dinosaurs Died 36

How to Confess an Affair 37

The Matter of Love 38

A Garden Against Suicide 39

Birth 40

Chute 41

A Vaccination for Loneliness 42

Willow 43

Voxel 44

Florida 45

The Mermaid Murdered by Time 46

Goodbye, Dream of the Golden West 48

How to Sail 49

Dead Sea Scrolls 50

Horse Poetica 51

At the School for Young Unicorns 52

Sunday School 53

Taj Mahal 54

How to Make a Red Velvet Cake 55

How to Count Bones 56

The Young Woman and the Tiny Folds 57

Evening Prayer 58

Flood 60

Notes 63

Acknowledgements 64

About the Author 66

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DanielleCC More than 1 year ago
Alicia Jo Rabins' approach in Divinity School, best described as Earth mother/sage vixen, is sensual, profound, passionate, vibrant and complex. The same attributes which adorn Ms. Rabins. I couldn’t help but absorb every word of Divinity School’s literary alchemy. Provocative prose like ‘The Story Of Noah’ contrasting with the very sensual ‘How You Came To Be’ and ‘Between The Tongue And The Warm Salt.’ Read the rest of my interview at: https://bluemoone.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/the-divine-ms-alicias-divinity-school/