Metered Mormon Midrash: Poems Inspired by the Book of Mormon Text

The past decade has seen the publication of several poetry anthologies with entries directly inspired by the biblical text. But what of poetry inspired by the Book of Mormon? Is the Mormon poetic tradition deep enough for a Book of Mormon anthology? Drawing from thousands of poems that have appeared in publications over the past 170 years, this paper explores these and other questions. I will read from many of these poems and comment on form, genre, textual linkages, and historical context.

Robert Hughes