By Jennifer Perrine
Whether exploring the porous borders among sin and advantage or interpreting the lives of saints and mystics to discover the human stories in tales of the divine, the poems in No Confession, No Mass circulation towards recovery and reunion.
Jennifer Perrine’s poems ask what therapeutic will be attainable within the face of sexual and gendered violence worldwide—in New Delhi, in Steubenville, in Juárez, and in neighborhoods and houses by no means named within the information. The publication displays on our personal complicity in violence, “not confessing, yet unearthing” former selves who have been brutal and brutalized—and treating them with compassion. because the poems paintings via those seeming paradoxes, additionally they locate pleasure, celebrating changes and moment possibilities, even if after the failure of a wedding, the go back of a reluctant soldier from struggle, or the standard passage of time.
Through the play of language in bought forms—abecedarian, sonnet, ballad, ghazal, villanelle, ballade—and in unfastened verse humming with assonance, alliteration, and rhyme, those poems sing their resistance to violence in all its forms.
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No Confession, No Mass (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) by Jennifer Perrine