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Acknowledgments
molt
After Birth
resurrect
AnnunciAtion
Ascension
AuBAde
shrive
BArBed wire
weAther
cAtechism
vigil
coAtesville, PennsylvAniA
gone
night
confirmAtion
ABsence
PhotogrAPh
found
cherry tree
counting BAckwArd
route 41
Pruning
while i wAs sleePing
A strAnge cAtechism
mAtins
crAwl inside the trees to sleeP
vesPer
sunrise
indePendence dAy
Among the roots of An old tree
Alter
communion
dischArged
PArking lot with stArlings
gone Quiet
creek At the seA’s door
PenAnce
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A Strange Catechism

A Strange Catechism

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Every day she comes and stands, turning slowing, counterclockwise, in the parking lot. She holds in her arms a bundle of infant’s clothes. She is praying, calling for her departed child to return to the nest of her body.

In A Strange Catechism, Justen Ahren relates the story of a mother and her surviving son, as they journey through grief, lose and separation to a deeper understanding of how life is constructed out of what our ‘fingers keep making in the air/ until dawn’— those fleeting things we long for, made real by our longing and our praying for them.

“The poems in Justen Ahren’s Strange Catechism are songs whose music exists to make beauty out of profound sadness. They are rhythmic, empathic, and polyphonic but behind each one is a voice who says hello to darkness and then sings to it—all the while wondering about ‘golondrinas’ and ‘the hydrangeas’ blue clouds’, all the while wondering if ‘the world without [him]/may be the real one.’”

--Jennifer Tseng

“This collection contains the voice of a poet whose work aches with beauty. The poems are characterized by the paradox of austerity as abundance and religious mystery as lucidity. In Justen Ahren’s search for grace we find poetry of excellence.”

--Jennifer Clement
Every day she comes and stands, turning slowing, counterclockwise, in the parking lot. She holds in her arms a bundle of infant’s clothes. She is praying, calling for her departed child to return to the nest of her body.

In A Strange Catechism, Justen Ahren relates the story of a mother and her surviving son, as they journey through grief, lose and separation to a deeper understanding of how life is constructed out of what our ‘fingers keep making in the air/ until dawn’— those fleeting things we long for, made real by our longing and our praying for them.

“The poems in Justen Ahren’s Strange Catechism are songs whose music exists to make beauty out of profound sadness. They are rhythmic, empathic, and polyphonic but behind each one is a voice who says hello to darkness and then sings to it—all the while wondering about ‘golondrinas’ and ‘the hydrangeas’ blue clouds’, all the while wondering if ‘the world without [him]/may be the real one.’”

--Jennifer Tseng

“This collection contains the voice of a poet whose work aches with beauty. The poems are characterized by the paradox of austerity as abundance and religious mystery as lucidity. In Justen Ahren’s search for grace we find poetry of excellence.”

--Jennifer Clement

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