Divinity School

Alicia Jo Rabins

APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner

Divinity School, winner of the prestigious APR/Honickman First Book Prize, is a wide-ranging exploration of spirituality, sex, travel, food, holy texts, and coming of age. Alicia Jo Rabins brings a searing eye for surreal beauty in everyday life with a deep knowledge of wisdom literature, and creates a modern manual for living, a fearless investigation of how we learn to live in a human body both prism and flesh.

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ISBN: 9780986093890

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How to Travel

Sometimes you see the leaves as birds who have traveled all night and come to rest at dawn. Sometimes you feel the space between molecules of honey. Sometimes you are at the airport. Sometimes you are at the hospital. You find your seat an hour before sunrise and watch polar bears swim slowly underwater through the glass. Oh immigration, oh fluorescent lights, the surgeon’s rubber gloves, brush-tips of death against your cheek. This country stamps your passport and hands it back forever changed.

About the Author

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, musician, and Torah scholar. She is the author of Divinity School, the winner of the APR/Honickman First Prize, and Fruit Geode, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She teaches ancient Jewish texts to children and adults and travels internationally as a musician and performer. Rabins lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.

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Reviews

“The poet wants to know what happened next. After the flood subsides, when the world grew back, in the place of dials and switches, inside the constraints of earthly time where faces crack, flesh sags and fish stink. She understands that conflict is easier than kindness.” —C.D. Wright, from the introduction