Tag Archives: language as ritual

Giving the Beauty of Holiness a Tongue (Part Two)

Giving the Beauty of Holiness a Tongue: A Review Essay on Adam’s Dream: Poems for a Latter Day by Doug Talley (Part Two) (Read Part One here) III. Adam’s Dream is divided into four sections: “Land within Arm’s Reach,” “Temples Framed by Hand,” “Voices from Another Room,” and “Flowers of a Kiss.” Each section contains eighteen poems and is framed… Read more »

Lingua Doctrinae“: Arwen Taylor’s Linguistic Worship

Anthology Poet Highlight 27/82: Arwen Taylor, “Lingua Doctrinae“ amicus, amici, amico, amicum, amico, Amice. The window, with its morning salty joke of squinting scowls, unfolds a dusty yellow ray of light on you, while I still close-eyed soak in shadows in the middle of the room. We resurrect the third declension, bring the plural genitive alive, resume linguistic worship, conjugate… 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 »

Doug Talley’s “Finding Place”: Consider. Simply Consider.

Anthology Poet Highlight 1/82: Doug Talley, “Finding Place” (My reading of “Finding Place”) From my preface to Fire in the Pasture: Doug Talley’s poem, “Finding Place,” . . . speaks to the intersection of religious, spiritual, and moral experience with the aesthetic experience inherent in well-crafted poetry. Through metaphors we often use to describe and to connect with God’s kingdom… Read more »