A transfiguration of Mennonite hymns into heartbreaking lyric poems, Years, Months, and Days is a moving “meditation on the possibility of translation.” Bridging secular spirituality and holy reverence with the commonalities of life, death, love, and hope, Jernigan explores the connection between hymn and poem, recalling the spare beauty of Marilynne Robinson’s novels or the poems of Jan Zwicky and Robert Bringhurst. The sparse and tender phrasing of Years, Months, and Days is “an offering of words to music,” made in the spirit of a shared love—for life, for a particular landscape and its rhythms—that animates poem and prayer alike.
Praise for Years, Months, and Days
“Exquisite…deeply resonant…. There’s often a metaphysical cast to her forthright observations, which makes them both evocative and poignant.” —Toronto Star
“Singular … stirring … invites pauses and contemplation. It is [Jernigan’s] keen sense of what is essential that guides … these meditations.” —Hamilton Review of Books
“Vespers. Devotional. Breathtakingly sparse. Elegant. Wondrous. Moving. Rare.” — Jeff Kirby, knife | fork | book