This fresh, startling, and magical poetry sequence is my debut collection. In The Joshua Tales, a poet and his shadow – in the form of a boy-child called Joshua – board a plane to uncover who they are in the universe. These poetic fables start out on an abandoned mid-Atlantic isle where people have been known to disappear into the ground. The journey then takes us to the Oval Office, to a brief meeting with God, and to the dining tables of aunts and uncles, lunatics, jazz singers and whores.
This is a rich tale full of wit and allegory about life on a small island, about discovering the world beyond its shores and, ultimately, about returning home. These poems have a precision and mystery that are mirrored in Kendra Ezekiel’s meditative collagraphs.
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