April is National Poetry Month, so in view of our recent conversations about Mormon poetry, I though it might be a good idea to review what Mormon poetry is in print at the moment, and ask those who visit to take a look. [The links are to the Amazon page for the book – no link means that the book isn’t available on Amazon.]
I think we would also love to know of any books that aren’t on the list. I pulled this information from a number of sources, but like any bibliographies of Mormon materials, it is very hard to get everything.
The list is interesting for several reasons:
There are a couple of long-standing Mormon authors on the list (Carol Lynn Pearson and May Swenson), as well as some critically acclaimed poets and new poets.
Overall, the publishers are mostly small presses, but include Mormon publisher Signature Books, and Utah publisher Gibbs-Smith. Interestingly, the list also includes a work from national publisher Persea Books.
I’d love to see what others think of the list, or what you can add to the list.
Poetry in Print:
* Curses for Your Sake by Javen Tanner
* Beginnings & Beyond: An Anthology of Poetry by Carol Lynn Pearson
* In Love Again and Always by Carol Lynn Pearson
* Mapping the Bones of the World by Warren Hatch (I’m not sure if Hatch is Mormon or not)
* Eyes of a Flounder by Laura Hamblin
* Iced at the Ward, Burned at the Stake by Paul Swenson and William Mulder
* Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women Edited by Susan Elizabeth Howe & Sheree Maxwell Bench
* Leviathan With a Hook by Kimberly Johnson
* Dear Elizabeth: Five Poems & Three Letters to Elizabeth Bishop by May Swenson
* Missionary’s Night Before Christmas by Sue Carabine
* The Well-Tempered Tantrum by John Talbot
* Erasable Walls by Lance Larsen and Richard Howard
* In All Their Animal Brilliance: Poems by Lance Larsen
* Campfire Verses by Ted C. Hindmarsh