Spiritual Exercises
A new collection from a poet of "wily verve" whose work is "filled with more satire and jeopardy than anything going today" (Terrance Hayes) Mark Yakich's fifth collection of poetry is a dynamic and discerning journey of devotion and temptation in pursuit of the divine. Not trifling in ambiguity but diving headlong into it, Spiritual Exercises wrestles with popular gods as much as with personal ghosts. From autism to eroticism, from benediction to excommunication, and from grief to gratitude, this collection lays bare a full spectrum of emotional life, showing us how grace can be as playful as it is sincere.

Spiritual Exercises Details

TitleSpiritual Exercises
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherPenguin Books

Spiritual Exercises Review

  • Patricia Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    The book starts with such intimate and plaintive appeals to emotion and empathy and humanity. And almost as if to mirror the stages of grief, the poems then take on a sharp edge and new reality. It's a book of big events and ideas. Some of my favorite moments: But it was God who painted youon the word like tears downthe face of a clown.the moon kisses the sun's ass.a child dies andit's as natural as a flower blooming.One mustn't imprison mystery in a phrase.
  • Susan Walker
    January 1, 1970
    This book on spiritual poetry is a good read.
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