In Our Portion, Philip Terman charts the seasons of a life in the garden—a life rooted in Jewish tradition and animated by love. Expansive, generous, he celebrates and sings the beauty of Creation, the lovers in one another’s arms, the birds at their song. Though he is mindful of the griefs of a fallen order, he keeps returning us to what redeems and nourishes, inviting us in poem after poem to marvel with him at “the spontaneous melody of the moment.”
This is a big-hearted, large-minded book, rich in its religious heritage yet wonderfully ironic, in its particulars, about those same compelling cultural connections. The flow of the writing, too, is thoroughly complete and poignantly alive in its follow-through, as if the poems were engaging the reader in real-life chat-narratives. Philip Terman’s Our Portion is a work of profound maturity, practical wisdom, and reconciliation with what is possible.