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O Lady, Speak Again
The witchy, spell-soaked poems in Patterson’s second collection explore female characters from Shakespeare’s plays—with a Post-Mormon feminist twist. If you’re not well-versed in Shakespeare or Mormonism, don’t worry—you will find these poems delight and enchant you with their own deep magic, their tremendous power, their singing.
If Mother Braids a Waterfall
In her debut collection of poetry and lyric essay, Patterson grapples with a patriarchal and polygamous heritage. After learning about her mother’s bisexuality, Patterson befriends doubt while simultaneously feeling the urge to unearth a feminist theology, one that envisions God the Mother taking pride of place at the banquet table.
Titania in Yellow
In this cluster of poems, Titania muscles down “circlets of searing gold,” crowning herself as she returns to her own power. ... This book of poems is bread and salt and fang, nourishing and sharp, littered with mustard seed and spotted wings, everything steely draped in gossamer threads.