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Surfing for Jesus

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Surfing for Jesus 

Authored by
Susanna Rich

"Surfing for Jesus" is a 3-D IMAX picaresque where J.C. Penney is the tabernacle; Walter Cronkite, a confessor; and drivers express their "Lordy-Lord" perfections by hugging the speed limit (exactly). These poems variously mourn, moon, lampoon, side-step, meditate, bash, tweak, and imagine their way through the thickets of contemporary commerce and religiosity-to find meaning with the Dalai Lama on the basement bowling alley of a defunct Jesuit seminary; with a sand dolphin and mermaid on a New Jersey beach; and with Jesus resurrected as a Laotian drag queen. Ultimately, "Surfing for Jesus" celebrates that the personal lyric is both a vehicle for and the destination of spiritual authenticity.

About the author:
Poet and songwriter, Susanna Rich is an Emmy Award nominee for her poetry and a Fulbright Fellow in Creative Writing. She is founding producer and principal performer of Wild Nights Productions, LLC, with a repertoire that includes ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust and the poetry musical Shakespeare’s *itches: The Women Talk Back. Susanna is author of two previous poetry collections: Television Daddy, and The Drive Home. She received the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry and the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching at Kean University. Visit her at
Publication Date:
Aug 15 2015
1517021154 / 9781517021153
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / General

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