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After the Manner of Our Language: Melody Newey’s “Word of God”

"Songbook" from Damien M. on Flickr (BY NC ND)

Melody Newey’s “Word of God” Post 15/31 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.)

“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.)

“More than Metaphor”: Dayna Patterson’s “Eloher”

Dayna Patterson’s “Eloher” Post 2/31 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.)

“Woman of Another World, I Am with You”:
Reading the Divine Feminine in Mormonism

It’s May, which means it’s time to celebrate (among other things) loyalty, Star Wars, nurses, Sally Ride, the end of the Middle Ages, and, of course, Mom. To that latter end, I’ve put myself to the task of reading and commenting on the poems featured in 2014’s A Mother Here Contest. You can read more about the contest via that… Read more »

Zion’s Poetess and the Mormon Poetry Slam

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Poet Highlight: Eliza R. Snow, “Song for the Camp of Israel— Let Us Go” Eliza R. Snow (1804-1887) was the Latter-day Saints’ first and only official Poet Laureate. Joseph Smith dubbed her “Zion’s poetess,” a title under which she “penned numerous hymns, occasional verses, and theological poems that,” as Edward Whitley observes, “established for her a position of authority that… Read more »