Tag Archives: Calvin Olsen

Eve as a Type for Heavenly Mother: Calvin Olsen’s “Rejoinder”

Calvin Olsen’s “Rejoinder” Post 16/31 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.)

Mothering a Motherless House: Calvin Olsen’s “Veil”

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Calvin Olsen’s “Veil” and Carol Lynn Pearson’s “A Motherless House” Post 5/31 in my A Mother Here reading series. (Click/tap here to read “Veil.”) (Click/tap here to read “A Motherless House.”) “A Motherless House”: (Direct link to audio file.) “Veil”: (Direct link to audio file.) Commentary: (Direct link to audio file.) (Follow this link for an exploration of the “Mother… Read more »

Mormon Poetry, Have You Met TED? The Case of Calvin Olsen

Maybe that should read, in the voice of Robert Pinsky, “TED, have you met Mormon Poetry?” Or more specifically, though still in Pinsky’s voice, “TED, have you met Calvin Olsen, American Poet?” But I’ll get to Pinsky and Calvin soon enough. TED is no stranger to contemporary poetry. On the TED stage, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins has admitted… Read more »

Mirroring Mortality: Calvin Olsen’s Haiku #100

Anthology Poet Highlight 43/82: Calvin Olsen, Haiku #100 I’ve been fascinated with haiku since I started writing poetry and for a time I, like Calvin, used haiku as a springboard into writing longer poems. I think I was drawn to the form because it’s short, yes, but also because there’s a great deal of intricacy at work in the image-heavy… Read more »