Mormon females in contemporary fiction and poetry come in many incarnations. Child with a stained mouth (berries meant for her mother’s jam) cringes under the raspberry switch her father cuts to punish her. The older, fragile tough girl who dresses up her heart in bandages of steel. The housewife who takes home a curious item she finds in an intersection, changing her life. The matron who assumes the role of the Other Woman. A great-grandmother, reputed to have crawled across the plains. Two poets and two fiction writers spin images and stories we won’t soon forget.
Paul Swenson, Lin Ostler, Richard Terry Lapoint, Terri Holland