Ruins and Kingdoms
In her first collection of poetry, Jen Rose Yokel explores life in all its heartbreaking, messy beauty, from childhood memories of growing up in central Florida, to wrestling with faith, to falling in love. With a lyric sensibility she seeks out the sacred moments within the mundane and hurried days of our lives, whether it's watching a plastic bag blowing in the wind, or finding romance in a busy airport. Reading these poems is a reminder of the grand reasons we are alive: to give ourselves to the ones we love, to watch the seasons fold into one another, to stand in awe before grandeur, to seek silence in the small moments. They are a reminder to take our own two hands and build kingdoms amidst the ruins of the world.