You might appreciate Anatomy if … 2

I wrote a book last year and called it ‘Anatomy’. It’s a collection of poems and essays that ask about what the Song of Solomon has to say to the 21st century.

In this collection of posts, I want to highlight 5 sets of people who might appreciate my book.

You might appreciate Anatomy if you are

2. Someone who finds poetry in domesticity.

“It is a paradox of human life that in worship, as in human love, it is in the routine and the everyday that we find the possibilities for the greatest transformation.” Kathleen Norris

I say amen to Kathleen Norris.

Anatomy is not a big book. It is not a blockbuster. When you can remember the name of almost everyone who bought a copy, you know you don’t have a bestseller. Everything within the ethos of the book is operating from a sense of vulnerability. Part of that is that the poems included are rooted in domestic life and driven by the imagery and rhythms of British suburban life. Vulnerability, obscurity, predictability and simplicity are woven into the poems of Anatomy, with a faith that the poetry has not got lost.

That doesn’t mean the poems are boring, any more than you would find your neighbours boring if you knew them. It’s just that it’s very easy to talk about ‘beauty in the everyday’ as a throw away line, it’s another thing to find it and have faith in it that it will do its work.

As an example of what I’m talking about, here is another opportunity to hear an audio version of a poem from the book, working on a metaphor about why being married is like volunteering to work towards the upkeep of a stately home. It’s called Summer Saturdays.

If you like what you hear and would like to find out more, click here.


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Stackhouse Jones exists to form expressions of art and community which are strange and beautiful, touched by Heaven, and shared with love.