Chris Anderson’s You Never Know is an accessible down-to-earth collection of poetry. Catholic, Christian, and “Spiritual But Not Religious” readers will find humor and breathtaking prose in these poems set primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Juxtaposing experience and intuition, Anderson challenges readers to find connections in the elusive and inexplicable. The surprising presence of God, or the Mystery, or Something Other, lingers in our memory and our longing and our everyday lives. “We never know” in the sense that this is all a mystery, beyond us; and yet “we never know” in the sense that life is full of surprises, and wonderful surprises. We have to see them. Remember them. And poetic language, the language of image, gets us closer to this wordlessness, and this joy, and this sorrow, than anything else.
Published by Stephen F. Austin University Press