A transfiguration of Mennonite hymns into heartbreaking lyric poems, Years, Months, and Days is a moving “meditation on the possibility of translation.” Bridging secular spirituality and holy reverence with the commonalities of life, death, love, and hope, Jernigan explores the connection between hymn and poem, recalling the spare beauty of Marilynne Robinson’s novels or the poems of Jan Zwicky and Robert Bringhurst. The sparse and tender phrasing of Years, Months, and Days is “an offering of words to music,” made in the spirit of a shared love—for life, for a particular landscape and its rhythms—that animates poem and prayer alike.
". . . [ ABLE MUSE ] fills an important gap in understanding what is really happening in early twenty-first century American poetry." - Dana Gioia.
EDITORIAL - Alexander Pepple.
FEATURED ARTIST - Andy Biggs.
FEATURED POET - Amanda Jernigan;
(Interviewed by Ange Mlinko).
FICTION - Andrew Valentine, Terri Brown-Davidson, John Christopher Nelson, Timothy Reilly.
ESSAYS - Ron McFarland, N.S. Thompson, Barbara Haas.
BOOK REVIEWS - Amit Majmudar, John Ellis.
POETRY - Midge Goldberg, Jean L. Kreiling, Sankha Ghosh, Timothy Murphy, Pedro Poitevin, Joseph Hutchison, Pierre de Ronsard, Heinrich Heine, Catharine Savage Brosman, Rachel Hadas, Stephen Palos, Bruce Bennett, Doris Watts, Jeanne Emmons.