grieving is the longing for home
Jonathan Foster's indigo
what is life
if not beauty’s pursuit
at the edge of the grave?
- Jonathan Foster
A review of a poignant, truthful grappling with the death of his daughter by Jonathan Foster - a kind of death that so many are experiencing around the world as loved ones fall into the grave. Foster's book is deeply poetic. It is lower case theology: not argumentative, not linear, not proclamatory, not trying to score points. He's giving us vignettes of grief, without hiding behind answers and solutions. Worth sharing with all grievers.
lower case theology
Below please find two extended poems in Jonathan Foster's indigo: the color of grief. As the poems appear on the pages of his book, they are even more striking and poignant. This is is partly because he makes such rich use of indentation and white space, which I do not duplicate in the excerpts, fearing I might not get things right. But you'll get a feeling for how his words function as, in Whitehead's words, "lures for feeling," offering what he calls a lower case theology, a theology that is episodic not argumentative, sharing the moments of experience which devastate a heart, his and ours. You will also find two interviews which reveal his sensitivity and one of his core idea: beauty is the longing for home, everywhere. And a short review by me. Click here to purchase the book.