After my post a week ago on the launch of a poetry chapbook, William commented:
Considering what a large role chapbooks play in the larger poetry community, I’m a bit suprised that there haven’t been more published for the Mormon literary market (even as small as it is).[see comment]
In response, I promised this post on Chapbooks and what their role is and can be. Continue reading “The Importance of Chapbooks”
A reading from the Book of Mormon. From Nephi’s vision:
“21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?
“22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.
“23 And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.”
1 Nephi 11:21-23.
Because it by seeing the birth of Christ that Nephi comes to be able to interpret the meaning of the fruit of the tree.
Because ‘sheddeth’ is a way cool verb to use in inprepreting the imagery of a tree that represents the love of God and the fact he extends it to all of his children.
Because ‘wherefore’ is a great conjunction that should be used more in modern discourse so that it loses its stuffy reputation.
And most of all because the way the angel gently shifts the emphasis from desire to joy. Yes, desire can be a positive word, but the meaning moves from the desire a person has for the fruit to what the fruit offers.
I can’t resist sharing one more selection from Marilynn Robinson’s Gilead [for previous selections see this Bloggernacle Times column]:
“In every important way we are such secrets from each other, and I do believe that there is a separate language in each of us, also a separate aesthetics and a separate jurisprudence. Every single one of us is a little civilization built on the ruins of any number of preceding civilizations, but with our own variant notions of what is beautiful and acceptable — which, I hasten to add, we generally do not satisfy and by which we struggle to live. We take fortuitous resemblances among us to be actual likeness, because those around us have also fallen heir to the same customs, trade in the same coin, acknowledge, more or less, the same notions of decency and sanity. But all that really just allows us to coexist with invioable, untraversable, and utterly vast spaces between us.” (197)
And because I can’t resist the urge to comment: and this is why we need to tell stories, and, more importantly, this is why we need an atonement.
Source: Clinton F. Larson. “Advent.” Harvest: Contemporary Mormon Poems. Eds. Eugene England and Dennis Clark. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1989. Also appears in Selected Poems of Clinton F. Larson. Ed. David L. Evans. Provo: BYU, 1988.
NOTE: This is the first-ever A Motley Vision reading. It’s a little rough in places, but overall — not a bad way to kick off a new feature.