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What others are saying about Psalm & Selah


What makes me like this little book so much is that it makes me think. I can imagine no higher praise.

—Jeff Needle, Association for Mormon Letters


Psalm & Selah awakens the feel of grit and muscle, fragrance and desire that had previously escaped me when I read The Book of Mormon. People are moving through these poems, real people carving out their lives in the shape of God’s will as best they can discern it. Form me, empathy comes easier when ideas and attitudes belong to individual people, and inspiration originates from someplace deeper. These poems bring the book alive in a way I hadn’t known before.

Andra Hansen, Professor of Communications, BYU–Idaho


Mark Bennion’s Psalm & Selah, as the title suggests, is a book of poems that enact a spiritual quest. In visionary lyrics and dramatic monologues Bennion reimagines the lives of characters from The Book of Mormon. To read these poems is to enter a liminal space in which one can “hear / a sandal lift from Jerusalem stone” or see a “slow plume / wafting / out / of the burning / bush” or feel the sense of “vision / lifting us higher than the song of birds / as they dip and soar” Psalm & Selah honor their subjects with imaginative intensity and uncommon richness of language.

Greg Pape, Montana Poet Laureate, author of American Flamingo


In Mark Bennion’s Psalm & Selah minor characters from a major book of scripture speak in diverse, language-loving monologues that probe the challenges and blessings of faith. Obscure events become bright narratives; and silent songs, rich lyrics. These poems take the reader—along with the mysterious, worshipful company who left Jerusalem—to a vivid promised land. Psalm & Selah is fresh water from the well of “pondering the scriptures.”

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