by Idra Novey

Preparation for Prayer

Occasionally, a first book of poetry comes out which offers a sensibility and vision that are entirely unprecedented. Eve Grubin‘s debut collection of poems. Morning Prayer (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005, $12.95), is that kind of momentous book. Grubin, an observant Jew, is currently a fellow at New York’s Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Her poems read like prayers, or “the preparation for prayer,” as she says in the first line of her title poem, which then goes on to define the essence of prayer: “Less the body, than voice, breath, gaze. // It’s not faith, it’s faltering.”

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