Tag Archives: nature

Sanctify My Questions: Tara Timpson’s “Small Gifts”

"Questions" from Russ Allison Loar on Flickr (BY NC ND)

Tara Timpson’s “Small Gifts” Post 31/31 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.)

A Heavenly Peep: Martin Pulido’s “Windows”

"The Woman of the Apocalypse" from Lawrence OP on Flickr (BY NC ND)

Martin Pulido’s “Windows” Post 24/31 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.)

Metaphors for God: Tina Lindsay’s “My Mother Is…”

Tina Lindsay’s “My Mother Is…” Post 11/31 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 7 (2014): Laura Craner Reads
“Apple” by Patricia Karamesines

"Apples" from astronomy_blog on Flickr (BY NC SA)

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 when you post about this in your social media circles.

#MormonPoetrySlam, Day 4 (2014): Jim Richards Reads
“Little Lion Face” by May Swenson

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

Come Celebrate Love & Nature, Nature & Love on Wilderness Interface Zone

Swan Love

In the mood for some love poems? Well, during February, Wilderness Interface Zone is hosting its traditional month-long celebration of love and the natural world: Love of Nature Nature of Love Month. To that end, they’ve issued an open call for nature-themed, love-laced writing and visual arts: original poetry, essays, blocks of fiction, art, music (mp3s), videos or other media… 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 »

Claire Åkebrand: October is Plush, but Only Fleetingly So

Anthology Poet Highlight 42/82: Claire Åkebrand, “October Plush” (scroll down) Like the violet at its center, the texture of Claire’s “October Plush” is lush, but only fleetingly so. The poet runs her words like fingers over the flower’s petals, pausing in her passing by to notice the beauty of the transient subject at her feet. For although the violet can’t… Read more »

The Urge and Urge and Urge of Danny Nelson’s “Creation”

Anthology Poet Highlight 28/82: Danny Nelson, “Creation” Danny’s “Creation” revises the Old Testament’s opening text. As such, it delves deeply into the “procreant urge of creation,” a phrase straight out of Whitman. Indeed, in Danny’s poem, as in Whitman and, I would argue, most poetry, I find this “Urge and urge and urge, / Always the procreant urge of the… Read more »

Alex Caldiero’s “Seeing a Body”: The Shape Sound Makes

Anthology Poet Highlight 20/82: Alex Caldiero, “Seeing a Body” This poem, which I’ve taken to calling “Seeing a Body” for ease of reference, melds performance and content in order to compel an awareness of the body’s connection to the earth and to language and sound—even to compel an awareness of the body’s connection to the earth and to tradition through… Read more »