“Music Shall Be Thy Name”: Jim Richards’ “Octave”

"Parallel Octaves" from John G Meadows on Flickr (BY NC ND)

“Parallel Octaves” from John G Meadows on Flickr (BY NC ND)

Jim Richards’ “Octave”

Post 26/31 in my A Mother Here reading series.

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Poem:


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One thought on ““Music Shall Be Thy Name”: Jim Richards’ “Octave”

  1. Jim Richards

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on “Octave,” Tyler. I appreciate your insights and close reading. Brigham Young said, “There is no music in hell,” and this poem, in part, grew out of that idea. I’ve reworked this poem quiet a bit since it appeared on amotherhere.com, and now have a version that abandons the Biblical register and embraces a more feminine voice (I hope). I’ll send it your way to see what you think.

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