In The Convent We Become Clouds

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Author: Annette Spaulding-Convy, Winner of the 2006 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition
Year: 2006
ISBN: 1-930446-13-6
Pages: 40


Annette Spaulding-Convy attended Dominican University of California and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She joined a Roman Catholic religious order and taught English, theology, and Latin to high school students in the San Francisco area. She now lives in Kingston, Washington, with her husband and two children. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, and inPontoon 7 and Pontoon 8. She enjoys cooking, politics, anything ancient or medieval, minor to moderate earthquakes, and a scorching sunny day. This is Spaulding-Convy’s first chapbook.

In The Convent We Become Clouds explores in a series of deft, witty, sexy, and soulful poems the misunderstood, idealized, and marginalized life of a modern Roman Catholic nun. In these poems, set in the outdated and patriarchal institution of the convent, Annette Spaulding-Convy comments on the American woman’s struggle for identity in contemporary culture.

“These clear-eyed poems sparkle with smoldering intelligence and quiet wit, while challenging familiar notions of ritual and religion. All in all, a dazzling collection of much warmth and humanity that will inspire you to laughter and contemplation.” —Jeannine Hall Gailey
“We are taken into a world of rosaries and Wonderbras, confessionals and ginseng cigarettes, prayer and Patsy Cline. Spaulding-Convy has a gift for capturing the moment and her poems will leave you with the taste of salvation on your tongue.” —Kelli Russell Agodon