In Motherhouse, Kathleen Jesme takes the reader on a journey with a young novice through the heart of Mystery. Jesme's poems, which investigate religious life in a convent in the 1960s, are assembled from many fragments: juxtapositions of place and time (childhood and novitiate), shifting scale (the minuteness of an "old beige comb from home," the boundlessness of a "three-axled God"), and varying poetic forms. Jesme explores the hidden, the provisional, the silent that which does not obey the rules of the light or submit to its boundaries.An intensely lyrical work, Motherhouse is a cloth woven from disparate voices and structures, expressing both the deep divisions of the self and the longing for a whole that may be ultimately shaped.The convent, then prairie: stretches itself across the Great Plains,grabs the bank of the Red River of the North in one hand and the Rockies in the otherand pulls: you can see until your sight failsnothing else is in the waywhere something other should be there is only your darkening sightresistance like bone, filleted clean in the wind which comes from everywhereFrom Motherhouse by Kathleen Jesme. Copyright 2004 by Kathleen Jesme. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Kathleen Jesme is the author of the poetry collection Fire Eater. Her work has appeared in many fine journals, including Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, and Laurel Review. She lives on five acres of wood and fields near St. Paul, Minnesota.