Four Poems

by Rhoda Janzen

Rhoda Janzen honors her own reading in Martyrs Mirror by transforming its plain style and narrative into a complex poetic art, linking early Anabaptist suffering with wide-ranging literary and historical allusions--like the martyr in “Last Words,” who “instead of plain words . . . speaks in bright jewels, rubies and emeralds and aquamarines.”

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  • Ann Hostetler

    On September 17, 2009 Ann Hostetler wrote:

    What a great word--cawl! I've been thinking about it all week in relationship to the murky places in my psyche!

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