Dog Angel: Poems
Jesse Lee Kercheval writes with wit, vivid language, and devastating honesty in these autobiographical poems. Tracing the timelines of her life forward and backward, she offers a moving examination of the role of family and the possible/probable/hoped for existence of God - and how our perceptions of the divine can be transformed from a kindergartner's dyslexically scrawled doG loves U to the ever-present but oft-ignored Dog Angel of the title. Ranging from a cross-country drive to bury her mother's ashes at Arlington National Cemetery, to a family vacation in Spain, to an imagined final exam given by her children, Kercheval explores the vagaries of love, loss, faith, grief, and joy with a calm, convincing wisdom that permeates this resonant and wonderful collection.
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