Mormon Poetry and the Prophetic Imagination: Opening (the) Faith Toward Possibility

The prophetic imagination as a mode of consciousness disrupts mainstream cultural trends and seeks to expand individual and communal faith using language ripe with poetic rhythms and imagery. Whereas dogma intends to pin down and flatten out ideas and to narrow the conceptual frames through which people view the world, poetry relies on metaphor, nuance, ambiguity, and emotion to open audiences toward the abundance and possibilities of human knowledge, experience, relationships, organizations, and culture. In this session, five poets/editors consider the work of poetry and the prophetic imagination in the ongoing development of our Mormon faith community.

Tyler Chadwick, Dayna Patterson, Elizabeth Pinborough, Terresa Wellborn, Kathryn Knight Sonntag, Stephen Carter