Tag Archives: faith

“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.)

#MormonPoetrySlam, Day 15 (2014): Jonathon Penny reads
“Jacob, to Esau” by Danny Nelson

Here’s a link to the poem if you’d like to follow along as Jonathon 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 2 (2014): Laura Craner Reads
“How Long?” by Darlene L. Young

"We wait. We are bored." from Sara on Flickr

Here’s a link to the poem if you’d like to follow along as Laura 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.

Mormon Poetry Slam, Day 4: Sarah Dunster Reads
“Ghazal” by James Goldberg

"Altar Outside Home - Vientiane, Laos" from AG Gilmore [Anita Gilmore] on Flickr

Here’s a link to James’ poem if you’d like to follow along as Sarah 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.

Mormon Poetry Slam, Day 3: Ben Abbott Reads
“The Excommunicate” by Danny Nelson

"Stained Glass" from szeke [Pedro Szekely] on Flickr

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.

Giving the Beauty of Holiness a Tongue (Part One)

Giving the Beauty of Holiness a Tongue: A Review Essay on Adam’s Dream: Poems for a Latter Day by Doug Talley (Part One)* I. During the fourth month of my wife’s first pregnancy, she started spotting. Startled by her yell from the bathroom where she’d been getting ready for work, I ran from the kitchen and met her halfway down… Read more »

Contemplating the Sharpness of God’s Gaze: Marie Brian’s “Spindrift”

Anthology Poet Highlight 21/82: Marie Brian, “Spindrift“ When I first read “Spindrift,” it caught me off-guard. The first thing that struck me first about the poem is its (Emily) Dickinsonian style: seemingly random, mid-sentence capitalizations, the hyphens, the brevity. The tone, however, is a bit more hopeful, more reverent as the poet’s mind reaches through the sea spray, contemplating redemption,… Read more »

We Shall Not Cease: Darlene Young’s “How Long”

Anthology Poet Highlight 19/82: Darlene Young, “How Long“ Humanity’s stories are often filled with desire for something more, with homesickness, a wanderlust that leads characters to leave home and to enter the wilderness—whether physical, psychological, or emotional—in search of true belonging, something they’re never quite able to find. This yearning and its subsequent lack of fulfillment are illustrated well by… Read more »

Fleshing Out a Sublime Flatness: Willie DeFord’s “St. Teresa of Avila as Middle Manager”

Anthology Poet Highlight 18/82: William DeFord, “St. Teresa of Avila as Middle Manager” [Audio clip: view full post to listen] This is me, reading and briefly commenting on Willie’s poem the day I broke Fire in the Pasture on the world. Willie is Sally’s beau. They live and write and play music together somewhere in Colorado. And, coincidentally (or not),… Read more »