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The Church Not Made With Hands

Wolsak and Wynn
ISBN: 0-919897-56-8


“John Terpstra’s meditations have the soundness and snug fit of consummate carpentry, measure in language and in thought showing ‘the ultimate patience involved / in all things made.’ […] This is an important book, with the toughness of maple, and the compassion of cedar.” —Don McKay

“This is a big book of poems. John Terpstra knows how to ‘uncover earth / beneath the asphalt’: his poetry chats you into time warps in the middle of the shopping mall and plunges you over the precipices of geography and psyche. These poems dissolve the boundaries between the dream and the tangibly real, between the transcendent and the quotidian, and they have the effect, like all fine poems, of making you look back sharply at the unnoticed aliveness of the everyday.” —Deborah Bowen