Honorable Mention Poetry: On Bornholm

I look for stipples of myself in white-washed, rough-walled rundkirker, where infant ancestors were baptized in stone fonts next to Viking steles. I listen for echoes of my pulse between the pooled velvet of wheat fields and the Baltic kissing the feet of island pines. Velkommen til Bornholm. Cornflowers twine the sign for Arnager —no …

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First Predicament by Susan Elizabeth Howe

By Susan Elizabeth Howe

Lured by the serpent’s word, Eve approached, never imagining the tree’s dark art, power of sapwood, cambium, phloem, heart- wood, bark.  Power of roots to encroach, enmesh, pull her soul into soil, her body up through the trunk.  Caught, she yearned for the flesh of the apple, creamy white, the russet splash of its skin, …

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Interview with Featured Writer, Susan Elizabeth Howe

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

  We are pleased to introduce our Quarter Featured Writer, Susan Elizabeth Howe. Susan Elizabeth Howe’s second poetry collection, Salt, was published by Signature Books in 2013. Her first collection, Stone Spirits, won the publication award of the Redd Center for Western Studies. Her poems have recently appeared in Poetry, Pleiades, Atlanta Review, Western Humanities Review, and …

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Book Review: Elizabeth Garcia’s Stunt Double: To Stash and Savor

By Terresa Wellborn

Some might argue the world needs more brick-and-mortar book shops, green lights, and firemen. I stand with them and add to their list truth-telling and poetry. In the newly published Stunt Double, Elizabeth Garcia offers all of the above in a collection to be stashed and savored. And if you don’t currently read poetry, no …

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Warning! Poetry!

By Kellie Purcill

I would hugely appreciate such a warning, as I am incredibly wary of poems. They are dangerous, wily creatures that lie in ambush, lurking stealthily beneath words in my personal scary wilderness. Seemingly restful and innocent, luring me in closer to the stunning flourishes, the polished simplicity, the sweetness of gentle phrases, incredibly lovely to SNAP/?crunch&%^!wallop – and suddenly I’m dazed, leaking blood or tears and left aching in the dust. Or I see something fluorescent green with a clunky gait, seventeen heads and galloping backwards and am told to my bafflement “Oh, that’s a poem.”

Poetry represents my first concrete, unpleasant realisation that language could be mean.  My teacher opened my mind to the beauty of poetry, so readily created in six little lines of rhyme, in something called (so delightfully to a besotted seven year old) a “lim-er-ick”. The giddiness lasted 10 minutes, until Mrs Sumpton told the whole class to make up a limerick about someone – and all but two of my classmates wrote a limerick about me. Kellie. Jelly. Telly. Belly. Oh, the inhumanity.

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A chat with Darlene Young

By Kathyrn Lynard

One of the great perks of working on the Segullah staff is meeting so many bright, faithful, and talented women. Darlene Young is a great example. A successful artist in several writing genres, her work has been published in Irreantum, Dialogue, Exponent II, and church magazines.. Darlene is secretary of the Association for Mormon Letters (AML). She has a tenacious testimony and a keen mind. And her poetry is the kind I love best—artful, yet down-to-earth.

Segullah published three of Darlene’s poems, including Alex, 9 in our Spring 2006 issue, and her poem Umbilical Cord, first published in Irreantum, was recently featured in Popcorn Popping.

Read on for more info about this up-and-coming artist!

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