where the writers are
Praying at Coffee Shops
Praying at Coffee Shops
Amazon.com Amazon.com
Powell's Books Powell's Books

Maureen gives an overview of the book:

"What a thought-provoking collection for a Jewish audience! Moving from the concrete details of Jewish rituals to their spiritual implications, Sherbondy is full of wisdom and surprises – sometimes ironic, often dark, full of yearning for the tikkun olam seamstresses to stitch the broken world back together with their needles and threads. And what a treat, in the midst of the spiritual struggle, to find in the poet’s contemplation of a praying mantis that has landed on her prayer book, one of those rare, transcendent moments when “God’s long fingers are reaching, guiding us toward a promise.” These tough-minded, deceptively lovely poems yield up more of their considerable power with each successive reading." --Ellyn Bache
Read full overview »

"What a thought-provoking collection for a Jewish audience! Moving from the concrete details of Jewish rituals to their spiritual implications, Sherbondy is full of wisdom and surprises – sometimes ironic, often dark, full of yearning for the tikkun olam seamstresses to stitch the broken world back together with their needles and threads. And what a treat, in the midst of the spiritual struggle, to find in the poet’s contemplation of a praying mantis that has landed on her prayer book, one of those rare, transcendent moments when “God’s long fingers are reaching, guiding us toward a promise.” These tough-minded, deceptively lovely poems yield up more of their considerable power with each successive reading."

--Ellyn Bache

maureen-sherbondy's picture

Book of poems about rituals, ceremonies, and about being a Jew in the South

About Maureen

 Maureen Sherbondy grew up in Metuchen, New Jersey, and now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and three sons. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including European Judaism, Calyx, Feminist Studies, 13th Moon, Cairn, Comstock Review,...

Read full bio »

Published Reviews

Mar.10.2008

STEPHEN SMITH: Poetry Looks at Southern Jewish Life

It's not often that the Jewish identity in the South is explored via poetry, but Raleigh writer Maureen A.

Sherbondy -- she's a Metuchen,...

Aug.08.2008

One indication that a book is worth reading is the number of notes made in the margins, and I ended up with quite a few scribblings all over the clean, short poems of Maureen A. Sherbondy. Praying at Coffee...