Adele Gallogly


Review: The Ex-Nun Poems by Jeanine Hathaway


Jeanine Hathaway’s latest poetry collection, The Ex-Nun Poems, attends to everyday enfleshments of the Trinity with playful reverence. This ex-nun senses God in the conventional serenity of the desert monastery, where “monks file outside / in the fullness of their insular habits.” She sees Christ in a comic book creator’s “roar of blood and water.” Tucked into her nun’s headgear are “small feathers, from / the Holy Spirit.” Through peculiar yet precise sensory imagery and spare, vibrant language, Hathaway’s poems prove that our whole world—from the pool to the zoo to the prison—is bustling with holy mystery. (Finishing Line Press)

 Review originally published in The Banner magazine

Author: Adele Gallogly

I'm a writer and editor living in the lovely city of Hamilton, Ontario. By day, I write for World Renew, a relief and development agency; during evenings and weekends, I let short stories, essays, and other pieces out to play. I like to write about the intersection of faith, art, culture, and justice.

2 thoughts on “Review: The Ex-Nun Poems by Jeanine Hathaway

  1. I’m passing this on to our female minister. Thanks!

  2. I look forward to sampling some of these. Thanks!

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