Poet and co-editor of Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Ellen Roberts Young spoke with Lynn Moorer about, and read from, her book of poetry Made and Remade which was inspired by Natural Theology, a book published in 1802 by English clergyman William Paley (1743-1805) which argues that the physical and social order of things evince God’s design of the whole creation. Young explained how her interest with Paley’s book, which grew into an obsession, was sparked by learning that her great grandfather had studied the book seventy years earlier as part of his coursework. A thread that weaves through both Paley’s book and Young’s poems is his watch analogy: if one finds a watch on the ground, the inference is inevitable that the watch must have had a maker. Her poems reflect on how much has changed in the two hundred years since Paley.
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