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A Metaphorical God
No poet writing today confronts the perplexities of the divine with more pizzazz than Kimberly Johnson. In A Metaphorical God, Johnson showcases her gifts for mining language for its hidden gems and its gospel ("my tongue is a fovent choir, / a cloven fire"), using what she unearths to delve deep into mysteries both epistemological and holy.
Praise for the Book:
“When Augustine, in the seventh book of the Confessions, describes himself as dwelling in a ‘region of unlikeness,’ at a great conceptual distance from all he longs to behold, he is writing the genealogy of metaphor. Which no one in a century or so—no one since Emily Dickinson—has understood so dazzlingly, so kinetically as Kimberly Johnson. ‘I verb impenitent,’ she writes in A Metaphorical God, and hold onto your hats, it’s true: this poet can turn anything to action. She's a polyphonic prestidigitator, a virtuoso of the vibrant heart, and —stunning in our fallen world—a genuine metaphysician, with all the healing aptitude the word implies.”—Linda Gregerson
About the Author:
Kimberly Johnson is a poet, translator, and Renaissance scholar. She is the author of a previous collection, Leviathan with a Hook, and a translation of Virgil’s Georgics. Her poems appear widely in such publications as The New Yorker, Slate, and The Iowa Review. Johnson has received prizes from the Merton Foundation and the Utah Arts Council, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Salt Lake City.
Also available at Persea by Kimberly Johnson:
Leviathan with a Hook
Original Trade Paperback / $14.00 (Can. $15.50) / ISBN: 978-0-89255-342-6 / 80 pages / Poetry