I met Katrina Kenison in September, 2010. It was Yom Kippur in fact, just weeks after Greg and I decided to separate, and we had both traveled to Boston for a day-long retreat with Karen Maezen Miller. Katrina shared with us that a close friend of hers was in her last days of battling ovarian cancer, and she gifted us with a reading.
Her presence was real and tender and soulful, her writing beautiful, and I felt grateful to hear her voice in a room full of women who had come together to spend a day just being, coming home to ourselves, and to remember all we ever really need to know:
love is attention
attention is breath
breath is faith
faith is patience.
And the circles grow and widen. A few weeks ago, Katrina read Lindsey Mead’s review of “Don’t Miss This.” After she began reading the poems, we exchanged emails, both stunned at our deep sense of kinship. It may look as if your life is very different from mine, mine from yours, but that separation is illusion; we are so very alike.
Yesterday, I was honored to read Katrina’s review of the book on her website:
“I was startled, when I opened the book at random the day it arrived and began to read, to find myself in tears… This, at a glance, is not the story of my life. And yet, it seemed as if every poem I read revealed to me something that is absolutely the story of my life.”
There is a blessing we say–sing, actually–at the Passover seder. Maybe you know it (and advanced apologies if this gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day): Dayenu. It would have been enough. Were just one person to find herself in my words, and choose to share them with friends and readers, it would have been enough.
So when I read another new review of “Don’t Miss This” early this morning, by another writer and mama I admire, Pamela Hunt–whom I was also lucky enough to meet in person in Alexandria, Virginia last December–I truly had a dayenu moment.
“Reading Don’t Miss This is almost like sitting beside Jena herself. Her words on the page contain her warmth, her grace, her fearlessness. Her writing is mesmerizing and sharp, taut and fluid.”
It is nothing short of magical to me, to see this book spreading its wings and finding its way into the wider world. It is my dream.
Both Katrina and Pamela will be drawing a random winner to receive a signed copy of “Don’t Miss This.” Read Katrina’s review here, and Pamela’s here, and be sure to leave a comment for their book giveaways.
I’m also doing a weekly giveaway on Facebook–so be sure to “like” the book’s page.