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AFTER THE ARK, Luke Johnson's remarkable first collection of poetry, chronicles the author's upbringing as the son of two ministers. A seasonal triptych, the poems root themselves in the landscapes they inhabit: from the boulder fields of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the endless dusk of Clam Gulch, Alaska, to a half-frozen lake in Upstate New York. These poems ask the ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by NYQ Books
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Sandy Longhorn
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A complex elegy on a mother's death, this is a book that must be read slowly, and given recent conversations about reading straight through or dipping in and out (here and here), I would advocate for reading this one front to back, as the progression of the speaker seems paramount to experiencing the book as a whole.

The speaker throughout the book is the son of two ministers, and in the acknowledgments, Luke thanks his parents for "their love, their bookcases, and their level-headed pulpits,"
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The death of any close friend or loved one is a wrenching, dislocating experience. The knowns disappear, replaced by unknowns. Simple things – a regular afternoon visit, the way the dinner table is set, a shared piece of music – suddenly disappear or become painful reminders. For Christians, the loss is tempered by the knowledge and hope of heaven, but the loss and absence is no less great.

When one loses a parent, a number of transitions begin, some immediately. Some say the loss of a parent is
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sharp. a fantastic accumulation and catharsis that breaks in its last pages.
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I am the author of After the Ark (NYQ Books, 2011). My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, New England Review, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. I live in Nashville, where I teach high school English.
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