FROM “FACING THE MIRROR: AN ESSAY” (Excerpt 1)
FROM “FACING THE MIRROR: AN ESSAY” (Excerpt 2)
Page 2: Etymological information comes from the Oxford English Dictionary, Third Edition.
Page 3: The “mark test” described here was designed by Gordon Gallup. More information about the tests can be found on page 366 of Mark Pendergrast’s book Mirror Mirror (Basic Books, 2003).
Page 5: Etymological information comes from the Oxford English Dictionary, Third Edition.
“Mortification of the flesh is an act by which a believer puts to death their sinful nature, as a part of the process of sanctification” is a paraphrase of a passage of the Wikipedia article on “Mortification of the flesh,” which begins, “Mortification of the flesh is an act by which an individual or group seeks to mortify, or put to death, their sinful nature, as a part of the process of sanctification” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortification_of_the_flesh).
“I|I take a bite of the scroll, but it is bitter and dry” is an allusion to Ezekiel 2:8-3:3: “‘But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.’ Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe. And he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.’ So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.’ So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth” (NIV).
Katherine Indermaur is the author of the chapbook Pulse (Ghost City Press, 2018) and editor for Sugar House Review. She is the winner of the Black Warrior Review 2019 Poetry Contest and the 2018 Academy of American Poets Prize, and was a finalist in the 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Coast|NoCoast, Colorado Review, the Cortland Review, Entropy, Frontier Poetry, Ghost Proposal, the Hunger, the Journal, New Delta Review, Oxidant|Engine, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Colorado State University and lives in Salt Lake City.