The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards

Rachel Mennies (Author) Robert A Fink (Introduction by)


In her first poetry collection, Rachel Mennies chronicles a young woman's relationship with a complicated God, crafting a nuanced world that reckons with its past as much as it yearns for a new and different future. These poems celebrate ritual, love, and female sexuality; they bear witness to a dark history, and introduce us to "our God, the / collector of stories / and bodies," a force somehow responsible for both death and liberation. Here, Mennies examines survival, assimilation, and intermarriage, subjects bound together by complex, if sometimes compromised, ties to the speaker's Judaism. Through wit and careful prosody, The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards lays bare the struggles and triumphs experienced through a teenage girl's coming of age, showing the reader what it means to become--and remain--a Jewish woman in America.

Product Details

Price: $21.95  $19.76
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
Published Date: April 15, 2014
Pages: 79
Dimensions: 6.2 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 1.25 pounds
Language: English
Type: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780896728547
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About the Author

Rachel Mennies s poems have appeared in "Hayden s Ferry Review, Poet Lore, Black Warrior Review," "Cimarron Review," and elsewhere, and have been reprinted at "Poetry Daily." Born in the Philadelphia area, she currently lives in Pittsburgh and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University."


Rachel Mennies looks to her familial and social history to shape a collection inhabited by the figures of her past. Beautifully crafted, these poems enjoin compassion and wit, experimental and formal designs, telling the truth/and the lies together. This astonishing debut brings a marvelous voice to American letters.
Robin Becker, author of "Tiger Heron""