Annette Spaulding-Convy's "Bonsai Nun"

Apr 10, 2013

Cover of In Broken Latin
Annette Spaulding-Convy's debut collection draws on the five years she spent as a Dominican nun.
Credit University of Arkansas Press

As a former Dominican nun in the Roman Catholic Church, Annette Spaulding-Convy is intimately aware of the complex messages the institution sends about women's bodies. Her poem "Bonsai Nun" finds an apt metaphor in the severe pruning required to make a tree fit the aesthetic and spiritual ideal.

"Bonsai Nun" is part of her collection "In Broken Latin," which chronicles Spaulding-Convy's journey from young nun to wife and mother. The book was a finalist for the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2012. Her chapbook, "In the Convent We Become Clouds," won the 2006 Floating Bridge Press chapbook award. Her poems have also appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, and the International Feminist Journal of Politics, among others.

Spaulding-Convy is co-founder and co-editor of Two Sylvias Press, which published the first e-book anthology of contemporary women's poetry, "Fire on Her Tongue." She also co-edits the literary journal Crab Creek Review.  She was recorded in the KUOW studios on March 23, 2013.