The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards

The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards

Poems

Walt McDonald First-Book Series in Poetry

by Rachel Mennies

Introduction by Robert A. Fink

Published by: Texas Tech University Press

Imprint: Texas Tech University Press

96 Pages, 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00

  • Hardcover
  • 9780896728547
  • Published: April 2014

$21.95

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In her first poetry collection, Rachel Mennies chronicles a young woman’s relationship with a complicated God, crafting a nuanced world that reckons with its past as much as it yearns for a new and different future. These poems celebrate ritual, love, and female sexuality; they bear witness to a dark history, and introduce us to “our God, the / collector of stories / and bodies,” a force somehow responsible for both death and liberation. Here, Mennies examines survival, assimilation, and intermarriage, subjects bound together by complex, if sometimes compromised, ties to the speaker’s Judaism. Through wit and careful prosody, The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards lays bare the struggles and triumphs experienced through a teenage girl’s coming of age, showing the reader what it means to become—and remain—a Jewish woman in America.