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By Rachel Hunt

The Mother said,
Even the fields
have years
that they don’t

Lie still, uptake
nutrients and sun,
and rest.

Are you more
than the sugarcane
and rice?



Rachel Hunt is a proud BYU alumnus, with a BA in Philosophy in 2008. She also received an MLS in Library Science from Simmons University in 2010 and finished PhD coursework in Philosophy and Theology from Claremont Graduate University in 2013. She was one of the primary researchers on BYU Studies’ most downloaded article, “A Mother There,” on Heavenly Mother. Rachel subsequently published two poetry books on that theme, both with By Common Consent Press. The first, Mother’s Milk: Poems in Search of Heavenly Mother won the Association for Mormon Letters 2018 Poetry Award. The second, I Gave Her a Name, was published soon after. She spent four years teaching philosophy at a university and living with her young family in China. Now she is back in the United States, in Indiana.