Generously sampling the best Mormon poetry of the twentieth century, Harvest can be considered a definitive anthology.
Her Side of It by Marilyn Bushman-Carlton, a collection of very fine poetry about a woman’s quiet rebellion against stupidity, her occasional conformity (although by choice), and the poet’s thoughts about social convention, family interactions, religion, aphrodisiacs, and exotic places. All themes that collide with the domesticated realities of the Salt Lake City suburbs. The poet helps us find rhythm, language, and love among housework, parenting, and occasional...
Something about the evening outside the chapel—holding a candle, surrounded by friends while a woman inside is questioned about her belief in a female deity—spins itself into verse. The memory of a sensuous rendition of "Summertime" in church by a vocal-piano-cello trio inspires another poem. But the poet finds no more irony in these events than in everyday occurrences, given a world of paradoxes.
This is his debut poetry collection, and it is filled with stories from his youth, history, celebrations of the land, and in every case just the right words and nothing more. His selections are varied and rich, evocative, thoroughly developed, imaginative, and powerfully creative.
--Dennis Lythgoe, Deseret News
This extraordinary collection of poems, "Salt," draws inspiration from an element so common in the Great Basin we almost forget it’s there. We float in it, we race across it, and when the wind blows the wrong way, we can even smell it. Recognized as one of the most important local poets, Howe was invited in 2011 to write the foreword to the anthology "Fire in the Pasture: Twenty-first...
Contemplative and satisfying, Hamblin's observations on religion are particularly poignant, such as watching her son baptized at eight to "wash from him sins he did not commit."