Surfing for Jesus
"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 www.wildnightsproductions.com.