Excerpt from: god is a farmer's wife
"She is warm and round and strong and when she speaks, the sun begins to rise. She wakes it for you."
Melody Newey Johnson is the author of An Imperfect Roundness, BCC Press, 2020, a finalist in the 2020 Association for Mormon Letters Award for poetry. Her work has been published online and in literary journals and anthologies, including Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Exponent II, Segullah, Psaltry & Lyre, Irreantum, Utah Voices 2012, Utah Sings, Vol. VIII and elsewhere. Additional works are forthcoming in Blossom as the Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild, Torrey House Press, 2021.
She is the current poetry editor for Segullah journal and a past poetry editor for Exponent II magazine. She is the creator of Living Well: Retreat to Self, a writing retreat for women. She earns a living as a registered nurse, certified case manager. Melody resides in Utah with her best friend, Jeff Johnson, to whom she also happens to be married. When she’s not writing, you can find her gardening or building sheet forts with grandchildren.
"Perched somewhere between George Herbert and Mary Oliver, Melody Newey Johnson's poems offer a sustained celebration of "heaven in ordinary".
They quietly and gently fold experience in on itself, bringing out the richness that had slipped our view, even though it had been there all along. "
Jason Kerr, Assistant Professor of English, Brigham Young University