In these remarkable poems, Philip Terman explores the meaning of being a Jew in America. Personal and family history, prayer, religious exploration, and political invective are invoked in a powerful journey through the heart of America.
Torah and garden—two words seldom jammed together in the same phrase. For poet Philip Terman, author of The Torah Garden, it’s two words in creative tension: Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament, foundation text of Judaism, in large part a set of commandments, juxtaposed with nature, unregulated existence, wildness.
—MIKE SCHNEIDER, Pittsburgh City Paper
The speaker in this collection manages to combine the melancholy and the sensuous, to grieve and to celebrate, and to augment his old-world faith with gentle paganism.
—LESLIE ULLMAN, POETRY