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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.

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