Mattathias Reads the Lit Blitz! Episode 5: “Orpheus Sings to Mary and Martha” by Emily Harris Adams


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In which I sit down (remotely) with Lit Blitz veteran and canonized Latter-day Saint poet Emily Harris Adams to read and discuss her 2020 Lit Blitz piece, "“Orpheus Sings to Mary and Martha” (

We discuss grief, love, happy endings, and the importance of being willing to wait for the right moment, and experience the sorrow that is the needed prerequisite to the finest forms of joy. I try to recite Emily's brilliant poem "Second Coming" from memory, and fail confidently. (For the full correct text, see Emily shares her experiences with the Lit Blitz community and praises several fellow finalists from over the years. Then she reveals the secrets of her spectacular success! Listen to the end for all the deets.


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