Tag Archives: connection

Revising Mom: Markay Brown’s “Mothers in Heaven”

Markay Brown’s “Mothers in Heaven” Post 8/31 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.)

“Kicking in a Womb of Glory”: Javen Tanner’s “First Vision”

Javen tanner’s “First Vision” Post 7/31 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.) (Follow this link for Bob Rees’ discussion of Mormon women and the imaginative reading of scripture, which I mention in my commentary.)

“I Hear Her Everywhere”: Rachel Hunt Steenblik’s “I Dreamed I Wrote Five Poems”

Rachel Hunt Steenblik’s “I Dreamed I Wrote Five Poems” Post 6/31 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.) (Follow this link for an essay Steenblik wrote that explores some of the same ideas I explore in my commentary.)

“This My Only Prayer to You”: Emma Jay’s “O”

"A Straight Course" by Rebecca Sorge

Emma Jay’s “O” Post 3/31 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.)

#MormonPoetrySlam, Day 10 (2014): Eric Jepson reads
an Excerpt from Onan the Illiterate by Stephen Dirle

"How well I could write if I were not here!" from madamepsychosis on Flickr

Here’s a link to the poem if you’d like to follow along as Eric reads. Read more about the Mormon Poetry Slam here and see the posting schedule here. Vote for your favorite performance here (the link will go live once all the entries have been posted). Use #MormonPoetrySlam if you post about this in your social media circles.

#MormonPoetrySlam, Day 9 (2014): Neil Aitken reads
“After Eden” by Marilyn Nielson

"Adam & Eve" from Sue Hasker on Flickr

Here’s a link to the poem if you’d like to follow along as Neil reads. Read more about the Mormon Poetry Slam here and see the posting schedule here. Vote for your favorite performance here (the link will go live once all the entries have been posted). Use #MormonPoetrySlam if you post about this in your social media circles.

On Language and Connection via S.P. Bailey’s “spark”

Anthology Poet Highlight 46/82: S.P. Bailey, “spark” Even though it’s short, S.P. (Shawn) Bailey’s “spark” has potential for diverse readings—even moreso, I think, because it’s not punctuated. This places greater emphasis on the words and the lines themselves and invites readers to contemplate how these words and lines work together as a series of signs and sounds, arranged by the… Read more »

The Deep-throated Ache of Marilyn Bushman Carlton’s “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major

Anthology Poet Highlight 5/82: Marilyn Bushman-Carlton, “Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major“ (Here’s a link to my reading of Marilyn’s poem.) Music, as poetry, has power to bind us through and with the body’s rhythms. Marilyn Bushman-Carlton provides a case in point with “Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major,” a fairly short poem that shows the… Read more »

“How We are Saved” in/by Neil Aitken’s Lost Country of Sight

Anthology Poet Highlight 4/82: Neil Aitken, The Lost Country of Sight Neil’s first collection begins with a poem—“In the Long Dream of Exile” (hear Neil read it below)—that marks the solitary nature of the poet’s vocation. Pointing to this call to wander rhetorical landscapes in pursuit of, among other things, what poet Adrienne Rich calls “the dream of a common… Read more »