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Resin: Poems (Walt Whitman Award) Hardcover – July 20, 2005


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  • Series: Walt Whitman Award
  • Hardcover: 53 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr (July 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807130753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807130759
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,562,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geri Doran’s poems have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and TriQuarterly. A native of northwestern Montana, she now lives in Pacifica, California.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Remy Wilkins on October 7, 2005
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Faith is unilaterally said to be a comfort; submission is thought to be the fruit of oppression. Faith has become an act of the torpid, it is common to hear "I take it on faith" to mean -and perhaps has always meant- "I take it without consideration", whereas submission has been relegated to a barbaric age of oppression, but what Geri Doran has done, and that rather courageously, is to return us to the wild faith of the primeval era, to the radical nature of submission, and to remind us of the true dread of religion. The fainthearted have already logged their complaints about this book and its tendency to "God-talk", but the mistake comes in thinking that faith is purely the act of the weak willed, those at wit's end, when true faith is dangerous and true gods undomesticated.

That religion is careful and easy is early and often challenged. In the second poem, where the first has set the landscape as the soul, the dimness of Israel's sight (quoting Genesis 48:10) becomes our model for faith as he calls himself a daylily nearing dusk. A daylily's breathlike glory is perfectly emblematic of man's life, here used for the recklessness of faith, for faith, says St. Paul, "is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" and as G. K. Chesterton understands these Christian virtues, "Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless." And this is necessary "or it is no virtue at all". Israel in the poem looks at the world and says: "Pigsty, lilyfield -what difference/ to an old man losing sight?"

The fourth poem, "Hurry the Iowa Cornfields", reminds us that faith is not a series of answers, but a pattern for finding answers, a questing. "Twice now in the declining light/ I've carried my prayer to the field.
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