On the Problem and Promise of Alex Caldiero’s Sonosophy

In January of 2011, I shared my dissertation proposal on Alex Caldiero’s sonosophy and my comprehensive Ph.D. exam lists with the community at A Motley Vision. I passed my comps in early June 2012 and defended my dissertation the first day of May this year. I won’t lie: while I’ve been changed as a person and a scholar by engaging… Read more »

Enter the Poetarium:
On the Problem and Promise of Alex Caldiero’s Sonosophy

After nine years of doctoral study, I’m finally putting my PhD to bed. I defend my dissertation the morning of May 1 and will be presenting some of my research in a colloquium that afternoon. If anyone’s in the Pocatello area and would like to drop in for my presentation, here are the details: Title: “Enter the Poetarium: On the… Read more »

On Poets & Poetry: Salt to the World

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BYU Studies Quarterly just published my review essay on two recent poetry collections: Susan Elizabeth Howe’s Salt (Signature Books, 2013) and Lance Larsen’s Genius Loci (University of Tampa Press, 2013). Both collections are well-worth your time and they sustain and reward multiple readings. Here’s an excerpt, right from the middle of my review, to whet your lyric appetite: Mormon theology… Read more »

Announcing Stunt Double by Elizabeth Garcia

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I’m writing in behalf of friend and fellow poet, Liz Garcia, whose first book of poetry, Stunt Double, is being published by Finishing Line Press. (See below for an excerpt from and endorsements of the book.) The chapbook is in the advanced sales period until November 20; all sales before then will determine the number of copies the press will… Read more »

Open Call for Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry

"A Mother's Love" by Lynde Mott

We’re Seeking Poems about Heavenly Mother Peculiar Pages is seeking submissions for a poetry anthology titled Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry. This anthology will consist of historical and contemporary poems that address, reference, or otherwise reflect upon Heavenly Mother. We will accept both previously published and unpublished poems and welcome a variety of approaches that incorporate Heavenly Mother… Read more »

Sanctify My Questions: Tara Timpson’s “Small Gifts”

"Questions" from Russ Allison Loar on Flickr (BY NC ND)

Tara Timpson’s “Small Gifts” Post 31/31 in my A Mother Here reading series. (Click/tap here to read the poem.) Poem: (Direct link to audio file.) Commentary: (Direct link to audio file.)

Accumulated Longing: Tara Timpson’s “Missing Her”

358/365 from Bethan on Flickr (BY NC ND)

Tara Timpson’s “Missing Her” Post 30/31 in my A Mother Here reading series. (Click/tap here to read the poem.) Poem: (Direct link to audio file.) Commentary: (Direct link to audio file.)

Moments of Inspiration: Rachel Hunt Steenblik’s “Breathe”

"breath." from lenchensmama on Flickr (BY ND)

Rachel Hunt Steenblik’s “Breathe” Post 29/31 in my A Mother Here reading series. (Click/tap here to read the poem.) Poem: (Direct link to audio file.) Commentary: (Direct link to audio file.)

Nurtured and Sustained by the Mythos of the Mother: Tiffany Moss Singer’s “Flesh and Bone”

"Mother's Day" from williamcho on Flickr (BY SA)

Tiffany Moss Singer’s “Flesh and Bone” Post 28/31 in my A Mother Here reading series. (Click/tap here to read the poem.) Poem: (Direct link to audio file.) Commentary: (Direct link to audio file.)

A Sisterhood of Suffering: Taylor Rouanzion’s “A Mother’s Comfort”

"Who, in this world, comforts you? Mother? Father? Friend?" from CompassionInternation on Flickr (BY NC ND)

Taylor Rouanzion’s “A Mother’s Comfort” Post 27/31 in my A Mother Here reading series. (Click/tap here to read the poem.) Poem: (Direct link to audio file.) Commentary: (Direct link to audio file.)