A simple, heartfelt wandering of life and its happenings, "Un-Orthodox Boy" is a collection of poems about faith and the steady, sustaining love of God. As a text, "Un-Orthodox Boy" seeks, in its own way, to probe at the subtle boundaries of poetry; James' poems attempt to put on display a measured offering of human feeling--the bright visions, the deep despairs, and the spaces of the heart in-between them. Throughout "Un-Orthodox Boy", James' verse exhibits moments of both levity and gravity in its desire to embroider the soul in the vibrant colours of God's goodness. It attempts to craft cathedrals of awe in the heart and reveal the breadth of individual sensibility. In short, James' work, in its execution, implores its readers to consider what it means to be human and to recollect the presence of the divine in the world.
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July 01, 2011
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