Eden lost, regeneration possible

grace

Book Review
Grace, Fallen from
Marianne Boruch
Wesleyan U Press, 2008. 94 p.

Appropriate for a spring time reading, this collection of poems from Marianne Boruch ponders themes of regeneration. Taken as a whole, her poems suggest the human need to, and ability to, escape from, or to transcend, day-to-day life. The avenues available to us include dreams, sleep, memory, and the traditions of religion. Boruch draws ideas and images from the Judeo-Christian tradition and, more specifically, the Catholic faith.

The book’s sequence subtly follows the seasonal cycle from summer through winter to spring, hinting at death and rebirth, and its three-part structure suggests the theological doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The whole and its parts are distinct, yet one.

Marianne Boruch has written five previous collections of poetry and two books of essays. She teachers in Purdue University’s MFA program.

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