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The Jubilee: Poems Paperback – March 19, 2017
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Within the cover you'll find one of the most poignant and real, heartbreaking and long-suffering collections of poems around.
Even if you don't think you like poetry, I guarantee you'll find a clump of words that will bring your heart to its knees. Like these, for instance:
"I want to live in a world of cashmere
and cleavage coupled with lonely churches beside
old cemeteries overgrown with moss."
Who writes stuff like that anymore?
John Blase does.
He's a man who uses words to wrestle with God and all the sense and nonsense of Him.
In his book, you'll find words that make you blush.
You'll find words that make you cry.
You'll find plain-speak and Shakespeare, reverence in irreverence, Heaven in a man's worship of the curve of a woman's hip, hope in the heartbreak of a child growing up, reason for the unreasonable pain in life.
He's a good man, John Blase.
His words are even better.
Buy this collection, if only to thank him for his courage, persistence, doubts, and gift, and that he so freely shares it all with us.
I wish I could tell you where I encountered the poetry of John Blase, but I cannot. What I can tell you is that someone, for now unnamed, shared his poem "Actually, Scratch That." Though I do not remember the giver of this gift, I am grateful because Blase's poem captivated me. A quick Amazon search showed a book of his poetry, The Jubilee: Poems (Bright Coppers Press, 2017). I immediately ordered his book having no knowledge of the book, or its author, based on 14 short lines.
Blase's poetry did not disappoint. Good poets have eyes and ears tuned to creation's details. As Blase wrote, "the poet notices the world's curves." They are gifted in teaching their readers to take notice. Blase certainly accomplished that in The Jubilee. At several points, I needed to stop and ponder what he wrote, not due to complexity, but because he fosters a creational awareness so well.
An unfortunate truth is that many people avoid poetry, finding it confusing, boring, or perhaps overly sentimental. As a poetry lover, I am never sure where to direct those who might have a spark of interest in poetry. Mary Oliver is certainly good and so is Wendell Berry, yet if I am to be honest, this might well be the first book I recommend now. It is both accessible and fosters sacred wonder.
I will look forward to more and if they never arrive, I shall cherish these.