In our books, we both turn to poetry in our season of suffering and theological reflection. Christian turned to George Herbert and a score of contemporary poets. I turned to the poetry of the Psalms and Job. Why did we turn to poetry?
My Bright Abyss is not a smarmy story that can be easily shared on a TV talk show about the miracle of surviving cancer. It is a meditation, a genre that is thousands of years old, in which a writer or speaker thinks about and arduously contemplates his or her experience.
What emerges from Dana Greene's biography is a picture of a woman in love with language, passionate about art, confident in her values and politics, and willing to grapple with both the challenge and the splendor of religious mystery.