These clear-eyed poems sparkle with smoldering intelligence and quiet wit, while challenging familiar notions of ritual and religion. All in all, a dazzling collection of much warmth and humanity that will inspire you to laughter and contemplation. — Jeannine Hall Gailey
We are taken into a world of rosaries and Wonderbras, confessionals and ginseng cigarettes, prayer and Patsy Cline. Spaulding-Convy has a gift for capturing the moment and her poems will leave you with the taste of salvation on your tongue. — Kelli Russell Agodon
In The Convent We Become Clouds explores in a series of deft, witty, sexy, and soulful poems the misunderstood, idealized, and marginalized life of a modern Roman Catholic nun. In these poems, set in the outdated and patriarchal institution of the convent, Annette Spaulding-Convy comments on the American woman's struggle for identity in contemporary culture.
Annette Spaulding-Convy attended Dominican University of California and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She joined a Roman Catholic religious order and taught English, Theology, and Latin to high school students in the San Francisco area. She now lives in Kingston, Washington with her husband and two children. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, and in Pontoons 7 and 8. She enjoys cooking, politics, anything ancient or medieval, minor to moderate earthquakes, and a scorching sunny day. This is Spaulding-Convy's first chapbook.
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