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Untold Volumes Poetry

Untold Volumes is a feminist theology poetry series from a variety of perspectives and faith traditions, featuring both established and emerging poets. The poems explore the intersections of revisionism and remembrance, celebrations and speculations, doubts and fury, psalms and midrash. Readers are invited to engage with the difficult questions and challenges inherent in spiritual experience as the poetic lens condenses powerful insights and propels us toward rediscovery of the familiar. Click here to learn more about the Untold Volumes poetry blog.

Woman's hands playing the guitar

Preparing Jesus for Sunday

November 2020 Poetry Selection
Anyway, try not to doze during the homily.
No one can best your show on the Mount.
The way you used anaphora was brilliant
and so was ... but I digress.
Outer space image to illustrate the poem Groundless

Groundless

October 2020 Poetry Selection
The Virus can kill,
but so can breathing
hate on my neighbor.
Blue bowl filled with mustard seeds

Mustard Seed

September 2020 Poetry Selection
she fixed her eyes on her own feet,
small compared to others’ prints fencing
her in for fear she’d stray
without patronizing trail markers...
Sunset in pinks over water, with a flock of birds

Shekinah

August 2020 Poetry Selection
Who is like the Lord?
A woman who helps a child walk
An eagle spreading her wings over young
A woman who searches for something lost...
Water, Shore, and Sky

From Under the Air

July 2020 Poetry Selection
When you weep
and grow weary
of the pain
in this world you made...
Washing machine Image

I Bow to You

June 2020 Poetry Selection
I bow to every flower I see and
every flower I remember,
every scent that surprises or lingers
that I can still recall years later...
A Glass of Milk

Redeeming Mother

May 2020 Poetry Selection
I cannot forget you, child.
“I ache to nurture you, to feed you;
my breasts fill and must give.”
Shopping Cart Image

Passover 5780

Special Poetry Selection
in this plague spring
when the leaders fail us
we try to keep each other
alive we are midwives
of solitude and survival
Woman in Repose, artist Dorothea Lee

Woman in Repose

April 2020 Untold Volumes Selection is an artwork by Dorothea Lee. "What is it like to honor a woman’s body instead of use it as a form or an art object, especially when removing it from context and working with it in collage?"
Colorful butterfly on black and white background

Humanized

March 2020 Poetry Selection
I will give myself
to wind's mercy, listening
where voices are muzzled,
cries stifled
Spoon in Bowl of Raw Sugar

Ash Wednesday Thirteen Ways

February 2020 Poetry Selection
I have never trusted
a priest with
my whole heart,
not one.
Female hands, infant feet

Redeliverance

January 2020 Poetry Selection
God, did you have to walk gingerly
after giving birth to me
Had you grown heavy with the weight
of my becoming
Sunlight streaming into a dark cave

Magnificat

December 2019 Poetry Selection
I sealed my fate with my yes—
soul sanctified, body broken
confluence overflowing
I am the Lord’s servant
King Crown jewels in Louvre, Paris, France

I’m ceded, I’ve stopped being theirs

November 2019 Poetry Selection
The name they dropped upon my face
With water, in the country church,
Is finished using now...
Golden Thread and Shuttles

Golden Thread

October 2019 Poetry Selection
Maybe I am just a golden thread
on God’s spindle,
tethered from within.
Laundry on the Line

Herstory: A Proverbs 31 Woman

September 2019 Poetry Selection
Burning the candle on both ends
she does not dream anymore
except of dishes and stitches so
it seems her work never ends...
Pink and white Hollyhock flower

Behind the Scenes Theodicy: Three Stories of Why It Happened

August 2019 Poetry Selection
I. The angels stood guard like the hollyhocks
In my garden: swaying in the wind, yet
Immobile. A portal had opened, how they knew not...
Bread and Wine

Passed Over

July 2019 Poetry Selection
Why should anyone die a sacrifice
when living blood flows in me
poured out and refreshed each moontide?
Bluebird Pair

Birding at Lemon Bay

June 2019 Poetry Selection
For weeks, I tried to spy a nesting pair
through a mounted white pipe;
peered at moss-padded sticks lodged
in the crown of a longleaf pine.
Metal containers and lightening

Hemorrhage

May 2019 Poetry Selection
You are electric
waltzing aware of privilege
storing that excess
energy in masculine swagger
Ladybug on Grass

Petrichor

April, 2019 Poetry Selection
Worship is no more
No less
Than the gentle bow of the branch
Tail of a whale in the sea

Reversal

March, 2019 Poetry Selection
Jonah would laugh,
no doubt,
at this miracle
of reversal:
Considering Liberation, image detail by Catharine Gellings

A Visual Diary

February 2019 Poetry Selection
These grew and became works of art.
Reared and fostered by my own hands.
But these were not my literal children.
Falling Rock Warning Sign

Glenmary Sister

January 2019 Poetry Selection
Fresh out of high school, a novice in a shortened habit
scoured remote hollers, visited coal camps, argued scrip...
Small Old Camper

The Pastor Delivers a Box of Groceries on Christmas Eve

Christmas, 2018 Poetry Selection
Hail, darling, full of grace
Half grown, half girl, all of eighteen
That night I made pilgrimage to your trailer
Pale, sweaty, stringy blonde hair
Framing your sapphire eyes.
Nativity Scene

Mother

Christmas, 2018 Poetry Selection
Young woman, boo-boo healer,
songwriter, wonderful comforter,
mighty good, everlasting Mama,
peasant of peace,
filled with grace and grit
Beautiful Butterfly

The Last Stone

December 2018 Poetry Selection
I will not cobble together
a defense of myself
with lines from your holy book.
Ancient Women

Nameless

November 2018 Poetry Selection
Manoah’s wife was one of those women / with closed wombs who inhabit pages / of the Bible, women like Sarah and Elizabeth, / too old to conceive, Rachel and Hannah, / who also yearned for children...
Dirty Dishes in a Sink

Minimized Memoir

October 2018 Poetry Selection
Luke secondhand remembers harshly / Overlooked Martha: upset, anxious, aggressive, / distracted, troubled, bothered, encumbered, / fretting, fussing, busy, missing...
Keyboard with letters in Hebrew and English

Ancestor Alphabet

September 2018 Poetry Selection
I see the shape of the Alef and the shape of the Lamed / I see the shape of the final Tzadi and the shape of the Hay / I see the shape of your Nose and the shape of your Hands
Hands and Weaving

Conjuration, Of Poet-Prophets and their Translators

August 2018 Poetry Selection
We are conjure women,
we who traverse portals opened by ancestral song,
we who dream the dreams and speak the tongues
of lands we have never seen.
Chocolate Cake Image

“Eve’s Summons” and “Maryam’s Labor”

July 2018 Poetry Selection
Maryam is giving birth
Her face is sweaty like a laborer,
like a marathon runner
God is her Doula massaging
the small of her back with a tennis ball
Bride holding bouquet of flowers

If Jesus Were Married

June 2018 Poetry Selection
If Jesus were married
it would help explain why
he valued women higher than his contemporaries
and risked his life to go against church teachings