Long after Lauds: Poems

Jeanine Hathaway (Author)
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Ever since the Middle Ages, the first hour of daily prayer in monastic life--Matins--has roused the community from sleep. Wisely, the second hour was reserved for Lauds, which means praise. Praise with that freshly awakened consciousness. In this way, such an attitude toward the world, seen and unseen, could be absorbed before breakfast.

The poems in this book continue that tradition--though outside a monastic community--of waking up, reflecting, and discerning what there is to praise--and how, and whom. The book constructs an introspective retrospective of a woman charged with curiosity and accommodating doubt. Over decades, she acknowledges with gratitude her own daily shaping by students, grandchildren, rhinos--a public and private history full of saints and ain'ts.

Beyond the author's erstwhile community chanting Lauds, she explores its resonance with wit and wistfulness and arrives at this truth: praise over time alters the one who gives it.

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Publish Date
July 15, 2019
5.98 X 0.21 X 9.02 inches | 0.31 pounds
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About the Author

Jeanine Hathaway currently enjoys professor emerita status from Wichita State University, where she has taught writing and literature. She was a poetry mentor in Seattle Pacific University's MFA Program. Hathaway is the author of the autobiographical novel Motherhouse (1992), the 2001 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize-winning The Self as Constellation (2002), and a chapbook, The Ex-Nun Poems (2011).


"With signature wit, word-wariness, and warmth, Jeanine Hathaway brings us a new song in the lineage of Dickinson, Moore, and Bishop--a brilliant, cool surface that offers, even so, a profound, subterranean heat, evincing her continuing faithfulness to the embodied spirit that wishes to save us all. May it be blessed."

--Scott Cairns, author of Anaphora

"Soon after you open this dazzling book, you begin to feel it was written precisely and only to you. Not that the poems are confessional--they're not--but their witty, antic wordplay and their music accumulate until they feel like a secret language between the writer and the reader. These poems are urgent. Their passion makes me see stitches, saints, Paris--almost everything--in a whole new way, teaching questions that may, in the end, be more significant than answers."

--Jeanne Murray Walker, author of Pilgrim, You Find the Path by Walking

"Jeanine Hathaway is the kind of religious poet I deeply admire--earthy, worldly, and of this world, a writer who works inside the contradictions of division and reconciliation, doubt and faith; but she is first and foremost a poet who knows her trade. Hathaway never takes herself too seriously and yet she is taken by her subject matter and by the serious question she has deeply lived--just how exactly are we being asked to live our lives?"

--Robert Cording