Master of Fine Arts
Date of Defense
Every poem is a sermon. Whether or not a deity influences it, the poem’s aim, like the sermon’s, is to elevate something so that we may pay closer attention. And with that increased attention, we get revelation, the slow unrolling of someone’s Truth. These poems’ Truths are found in no Bible anywhere; in most religions they are not gospel but “blasphemy,” “hedonism,” or “pornography.” This is the gospel of intimacy in all its forms. My poems do not speculate about other lives and worlds, but they accept as sacred what is physical, raw, and urgent in the current world. My god contains my body, and yours, and everything we can touch. I invite you, reader, to pray with me.
Eikmann, Jessie, "Some Body's God" (2019). Theses. 362.
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