Gelineau has invented a new cosmology in her fascinating, ambitious,
multi-part poem, APPETITE
FOR THE DIVINE.
Questioning contemporary warfare and eco-destruction while praising
the green fuse in all that lives, this poet interrogates, celebrates,
and re-calibrates our spiritual and cultural values. Gelineau
models for us a marvelously poly-voiced poetry, an associative,
gently narrative puzzle which allows her to pick through scenes
of destruction and illumination toward an idea of a core of holiness
in our 21st-century existence. In APPETITE
FOR THE DIVINE
Gelineau makes time into the sublime and turns space into grace.
Gelineau’s second book of poems, APPETITE
FOR THE DIVINE,
more than confirms the promise of her first. In these new poems
about “the world we’re prepared/to perceive,”
Gelineau’s appetite for the divine is neither of the traditionally
religious nor the hazy romantic kind; rather it is a desire for
the integration of life and death, for things as they are with
things as they could be.
this series of long poems Christine Gellineau brings us the poetry
of awakening, perception, birth, and seasons as well as loss,
tragedy, and despair and shows that the whole universe beats with
one heart . . . as language somehow pursues truth.