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Religious Trauma in the Key of Poetry

Religious Trauma in the Key of Poetry

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By: Makenzie Beckstead

Poetry, chapbook, 32 pages, from Bottlecap Features.

“My wings burned / as I fell, / my eyes / transfixed / on the clouds, halo / searing my temples.

I think / the angels were relieved / to see me fail.

I think / I was, too."

Religious Trauma in the Key of Poetry is a literary passage through the childhood and adolescence of a lesbian woman brought up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The author explores experiences and emotions that arise in relation to lack of autonomy while growing up in a culture that tells queer individuals that they were created incorrectly.

The author draws inspiration from real-life moments such as her baptism, childhood daydreams, awkward church dances, and her first time trying coffee in order to fully process and contemplate her upbringing.

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