“Heart Map and the Song of Our Ancestors” is consistently ranked as a bestseller on Canadian and American online poetry lists.
It is a story book for the reluctant and the yearning. It is for those of us who struggle to find a Jewish path that makes sense out of life and embrace us right where we are.
Placing people back in Torah, it weaves together messy mountains, unconventional middles and shattering endings along with images, both poetic and portrait, of how Jews truly live.
A book for anyone who has ever encountered a barrier to Judaism, “Heart Map” invites Jews without community, or Jews in struggle with community to know that where they are, right now, is totally and completely Jewish.
Revealing everything from tattoos to griefs that go beyond just death, the book also presents the unexpected joys of Jewish life and the wandering that takes us to find Jewish significance and blessing at every moment of the weird and winding way.
Fusing together the radical new genre of contemporary piyyutim (Jewish liturgical poems) and images of Jews just as they are, Devon reminds us that people matter and that the Jewish story has all of us in it.
For we are not only part of our ancestors but our ancestors are actually us.