Author Justen Ahren Unveils a Woman’s Tale of Acceptance and Moving On in New Poetry Collection

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‘A Strange Catechism’ is a truly enlightening volume of poetry that manages to make beauty out of tragic and unexpected events.

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Strange Catechism by Justen Ahren is a deeply meaningful poetic anthology inspired by the story of a woman standing and turning in a circle of a shopping center parking lot with her ten year old son. Through their eyes, readers experience lives lived and transformed through tragic events. Writing these poems gave Mr. Ahren a voice to talk about the loss of his own brother and also the death of the child of close friends. Through these poems, he came to understand something about grief, sadness and the human spirit's ability to create beauty out of nothing, out of despair.

What will she do after her child’s death? How will she find solace? How does the human spirit adapt and arrive at a deepened understanding of reality, of life?

These poems do not hide from sadness; they make songs out of it. They make beauty of a common human experience. This book is a heartfelt collection of poems that tackles the question, what do the living do? Most people will have experienced the death of a child or loved one. The grieving process is something all readers will relate to. The real beauty of these poems contain is that they arrive at an understanding that can only be arrived at through sadness.

A Strange Catechism aims to teach readers that after death, everything continues to happen. Eventually, what our “fingers keep making in the air until dawn”, what our hearts call out to in despair, is transformed into beautiful objects, memories, and the music that lives on in our souls.

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About the Author
West Tisbury, Poet Laureate Justen Ahren's work has appeared in numerous literary journals including, most recently, Fulcrum, BorderSenses, Borderlands, Texas Poetry Review, and Comstock Review. He is a graduate of Emerson College's MFA program, and lives with his wife and two children on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he founded and directs the Noepe Center for Literary Arts and the Martha's Vineyard Writer's Residency. He frequently teaches poetry and writing workshops on Martha’s Vineyard and in Labro, Italy.    

A Strange Catechism* by Justen Ahren
Publication Date: 6/25/2013
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