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A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry

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ISBN: 0877458596
Издательство: University of Iowa Press
Год издания: 2003
Страниц: 240
Book Description Available November 2003 In Julia Kasdorf's poem ?Mennonites,? she writes of her heritage and her people: ?We keep our quilts in closets and do not dance. / We hoe thistles along fence rows for fear / we may not be perfect as our Heavenly Father. / We clean up his disasters. No one has to / call.? Persecuted by Protestants and Catholics alike throughout history and largely misunderstood by the rest of the world, Mennonites have found it difficult to make their voices heard or respected. It is with a kind of true necessity, then, that an anthology of poetry, compiled by Ann Hostetler, a Mennonite poet herself, has finally emerged; possessing the potential to be both challenging to and corrective of our preconceived notions of this unique religious and cultural group. In this surprising collection, twenty-four Mennonite poets, both men and women, young and old, confront issues of identity, sexuality, religious doctrine, family, and...
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