In the opening poem of Lost Gospels, Lorri Neilsen Glenn writes of Mahalia Jackson and Blind Willie Johnson:
... they sang, oh yes, they raised light from dark water, dug
diamonds out of the cold, cold ground ... .
In a sense this is what Neilsen Glenn herself achieves in this deeply moving third book: raising light from dark water. Her new collection confronts the deaths of dear friends and family members, returns to her prairie childhood and youth, and engages hard, hard questions of mortality, and of existence in a world fraught with suffering and violence (both global and domestic). Central is the poetic sequence "A Song for Simone" — a conversation between the poet and French mystical philosopher Simone Weil. Here is poetry reaching out to embrace a manner of being in the world that at once moves beyond the world and engages it fully. Lost Gospels confirms Neilsen Glenn as a poet of maturity, depth and power.
" ... In a voice that's full of urgency, despair and delight ... gospels written for us in the ditches, fields, and sky and everyday life."--Bill Robertson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
"Her diction is elegant, exact and evocative ... the sharp lines sink in. Deeply."--Chad Pelley, Salty Ink
"Several poems give the quality of being plunked down with another's family album and scrapbook, beginning with an implicit understanding of the homely dynamics."--Crystal Hurdle, Canadian Literature
"By recognizing synchronous layers of existence (intellectual, psychological, historical, communal, emotional, etc.) Glenn creates communities and relationships, ranging from intimate connections to the broader category of Canadian cultural membership."--Alanna F. Bondar, The Goose