Author: Stephen Carter

Cultural, Demographic, and Judicial Trends Leading Toward the Popular Acceptance and Eventual Legalization of Polygamy: A Libertarian Polemic

By George R. Compton George R. Compton Ph.D. (economics, UCLA, 1976) writes on various controversial subjects ranging from U.S. Middle Eastern policy to immigration and education reforms. A frequent presenter at the Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium, he has served in a variety of Church callings and carries a current temple recommend.   Legalized polygamy is …

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Poly-wood! Mormon Polygamy in the Movies

By Randy Astle Randy Astle is a writer and filmmaker in New York City. He has written numerous articles, and is nearly finished with a book on Mormon film.   A TRIP TO SALT LAKE CITY Released during the Smoot Senate hearing, A Trip to Salt Lake City (1905) was both the first Mormon fiction …

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The Bigamist

By Eric Freeze Eric Freeze is author of the short story collection Dominant Traits (2012) and a collection of creative nonfiction Hemingway on a Bike (2014). He has published stories, essays, and translations in numerous periodicals. He teaches creative writing at Wabash College and lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana and Nice, France.     Sandra had …

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Scriptural Landscapes

By Nathan Arp     I recently drove by trees in full autumn splendor, their multi-colored leaves blurring as I sped past. The organic rustling of red, orange, and yellow was a fire around me that burned but did not consume. In this moment, as in many others, Earth became heaven in my eyes. I …

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Magpiety

By Javen Tanner     After Czeslaw Milosz and Philip Levine   Keep your focus on the woman speaking to you. Do not let your attention be drawn to the three magpies fighting for bread under the lamp post–– one for royalty, one for deity, one for death.   If it helps, let the woman’s …

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Out of Your Head with Fever

By Anita Tanner   “That which had struck into me my first profound terror, when as a child I lay ill with fever: the Big Thing.” —Rainer Maria Rilke   Here the kinship of pain, here the account of your own childhood illnesses, the beast that grows in you with every elevated fever, swelling in …

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