Martha Serpas - THE DIENER

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet St
77005-1451 Houston

THE DIENER investigates loss and healing, change and permanence, in a hospital trauma center and the eroding landscape of southern Louisiana. The diener himself, the morgue attendant who assists the dead in the interstice between the living world and the world beyond, is the person with whom Martha Serpas most identifies in this collection. As a part-time hospital chaplain, Serpas possesses keen insight into the despair and resolve of patients and their families and friends.

Yet the themes in THE DIENER go well beyond grief and loss, as Serpas finds deeper meaning in faith, humanity, and the celebration of life. THE DIENER is preeminent in a cast of characters—a sailor, a clerk, roustabouts, mothers, nurses, and chaplains—that represents the paradoxes of body and soul. Loss is never just absence, and presence is not necessarily wholeness. Attending to the pastoral both as ecological advocacy and spiritual care, THE DIENER looks to the metaphysical world and the Gulf landscape as vehicles of change and stasis.

The Diener: Poems (Barataria Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807159224
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Published: LSU Press - March 16th, 2015