Dec. 9 – Drew Jackson – Touch the Earth – Poems [Advent Calendar]

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Touch the Earth:
Poems on The Way

Drew Jackson

Paperback: IVP Books, 2023
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Leaning into embodied imagination allows Jackson to see Jesus in a Jay-Z lyric and death row inmates, the people of God in the creative particularity of John Coltrane. In “This is My Body,” it teaches him to recognize the grain of God’s good table in all loaves of bread, the body of Christ in his own skin.

And this imagination overflows in rich, regenerating love. These poems constitute one long, unbroken act of love. Love for Jackson’s New York, for his parents, for the reader handling these pages.

When I say Touch the Earth contains poems of Biblical proportion, I mean they show us a God who still dirties his hands, a church tethered to the ministry of reconciliation and reparation, Blackness to herald and a presence that never stops troubling us with grace.

 – from our review by Aarik Danielsen

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