After four years of preparing this bibliography of poetry by Mormons in print for National Poetry Month, I thought I might have discovered most of the poets and books out there. However, this year I’ve discovered several more that I missed, and began the process of looking back through the Mormon journals to see who I may have missed.
And with this, we’ve exhausted the Payday Poetry submissions except for a couple of FOB Bible poems that we’ll get to at some point. So if you have a bit of free time here in the lazy days of summer, poke around the internet (esp. Dialogue and Sunstone) and come up with some new submissions.
Title: Cricket (so what you do is click on this link, click on search inside, and click on First Pages)
Poet: Philip White
Publication Info: The Clearing (Walt Mcdonald First-Book Series in Poetry); 2007, Texas Tech University Press
Submitted by: Tyler Chadwick
Why?: Tyler says: The link is to Amazon’s “Look Inside!” page for White’s first collection, The Clearing. “Cricket” is the book’s first poem (just click on the “First Pages” link) and establishes the main theme of the book (as I understand it): that the dead don’t come back, but that tragedy and death can be life-affirming, something signaled in “Cricket” by the poet’s heightened experience with the senses, especially hearing, which allows him to connect in some way to the past and to live/feel deeply in the present.
Wm adds: also see Margaret Young’s AML blog post on The Clearing.