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Adam's Dream

by Douglas L Talley

(2011, Parables $6.99 paper; $3.99 ebook   ISBN 978-1427649522  Paper  238 pp.) 

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Advance Praise for Adam's Dream

Outcasts of Eden will find the garden again in Adam’s Dream, where ancient tongues, modern talk, eternal truths, and temporal moments intertwine. Pleasingly tangible—towhees, bones, water, sunlight—Talley’s poems sing of love, nature, and holiness. “The days,” he writes, “are often drab and dull / but I never tire of rethinking the miracles,” which he finds in scripture and simple acts like shaving or talking to a child. Adam’s Dream is a vision. ---Jim Richards, poetry editor, Irreantum

Adam’s Dream is both learned and accessible, inviting us to look hard at the world and take delight therein: a child wearing cereal bowls for shoes, a meatloaf sandwich a blink away from being loaves and fishes, tumblers in the kitchen sink taking flight like “a flock of cardinals.” Each thing is both object and emblem, each transformation powered by celebration, by the desire “to drive a nail with words.” Prepare for spiritual forays and inscapes. Prepare to dream you are riding to China on a bike to become a poet. ---Lance Larsen, Backyard Alchemy

Talley . . . takes up language as a form of worship—not only does he use his poems to praise God, but also to emulate God, whose words create worlds out of chaotic mater . . . . [W]ith Adam’s Dream he has crafted an altar of words around which we might gather as he translates “the language of angels” into an eloquent, extended prayer that our souls and our families might be touched and transformed by the simple beauties of holiness. –Tyler Chadwick, editor, Fire in the Pasture

These poems are masterfully wrought, and unabashed in their devotion. There is a wilderness in them, a loosing of the faithful tongue. Talley has moved Mormon literature forward. —Javen Tanner, Curses for Your Sake