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A Feature Review of

My Soul Feels Lean: Poems of Loss and Restoration
Joyce Rupp

Paperback: Ave Maria Press, 2013
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Reviewed by Jenn Moland-Kovash
 

Not long after receiving Joyce Rupp’s most recent offering, My Soul Feels Lean: Poems of Loss and Restoration, I closed the book emphatically and wailed, “What was I thinking?!”
 
I can answer better what I wasn’t thinking when I requested to review My Soul Feels Lean.  I wasn’t thinking about the fact that our congregation has buried several faithful members since January. I wasn’t thinking that the people I serve – the first ones to first call me pastor – will soon bid me Godspeed and Farewell as I head to a three-month sabbatical. I wasn’t thinking that I’d open the book and have to wipe away tears, instantly, as I read: “Death sweeps in boldly,/calling itself Parkinson,/ovarian cancer, leukemia.” I wasn’t thinking that as I read aloud to my writing group, my voice would catch and I would be unable to continue beyond: “walking away from years of work,/not even sure why/except that a strong voice inside.”

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