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Sensing Mother’s Massive Grace and Godsome Body: Dayna Patterson’s “Whale Watching”

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Dayna Patterson’s “Whale Watching” Post 22/31 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 to access a copy of Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road,” which I mention in my commentary.)

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 »

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 »