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Love Nailed to the Doorpost
In Love Nailed to the Doorpost, Richard Chess offers poems and lyrical prose inspired and informed equally by the pleasures and pressures of everyday life and by sacred and secular texts ranging from Torah to Basho to Robert Creeley. This new work transports us from the biblical past to the present, from creation stories to stories of brotherly struggle to meditations on married and family love.
Love—that’s the thing, whether spontaneously arising or commanded, as it is, the commandment to love inscribed on parchment, rolled up and tucked into a small case, a mezuzah, and nailed to the doorpost of the house. You shall love: the challenges of fulfilling that commandment, and the joy and transformation one experiences when one does: that’s what Chess’s powerful new work explores.
Richard Chess is the author of three previous books of poetry: Tekiah (1996), Chair in the Desert (2000), and Third Temple (2006), all published by the University of Tampa Press. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as Image, Literature and Belief, New England Review, and Smartish Pace, and in anthologies including Best American Spiritual Writing 2005, Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry. He is Chair of the English Department and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.