Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
A collection of poems, Gospel of the Heavenly Mother asks, and attempts to answer, questions regarding the freedom that is available to the individual within a power structure. The two structures examined in the book are the grammar of the English language and organized religion, specifically the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The poems enact the belief that as we reorient ourselves to these structures, freedom is possible; by usurping the syntax in which we communicate (and therefore the language by which we understand God and our relationship to Him/Her), we gain the ability to speak more fully and more clearly. This reorientation and clarification reminds us that humans are social beings and that there are many versions of what is true.
Gospel; Heavenly; Mother; Original writing; Poetry
Literature, Modern; American literature
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Hass, Jennilyn F, "Gospel of the Heavenly Mother" (2000). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1138.