The Rules of the Kingdom
Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press
To seek belonging, to strain against the familiar—these are the polarities many of us live between, feeling the pull of each desire. Offering a particular history, an intimate vantage point from within the various kingdoms we inhabit, Julie Paul’s The Rules of the Kingdom is an exploration of this struggle on a personal level and a universal one. Broken into five sections, the book examines the human struggle to find meaning, comfort, and a sense of home. At turns humorous, playful, contemplative, and coy, the poems in The Rules of the Kingdom question the vagaries of faith and family but ultimately celebrate life and love.
Julie Paul is the author of The Jealousy Bone and The Pull of the Moon. The Rules of the Kingdom is her first book of poetry.