This week I invented a fun new game: General Conference corpus slam poetry. Here’s how you play: do a search of the General Conference corpus. Poke around in frequency distributions, collocates, words that are disproportionately used by certain speakers, anything at all remotely interesting. When you find something you like, use only punctuation and line breaks to turn your results into a poem. You must keep the words in descending frequency order, as they’re presented in the search results. Now imagine reading it an open mic night in a dark smoky bar somewhere. (Or, you know, in testimony meeting.)
Need an example? This is words disproportionately used by Elder Uchtdorf, in descending frequency order:
“The Silver Fox,” by General Conference
Or there’s this one, verbs occurring before the phrase “the gospel”, again in descending frequency order.
“VERB the gospel”, by General Conference
Preach, receive, live.
Teach, hear, embrace.
Accept, proclaim, obey.
Or my personal favorite, words occurring one word before “mother”:
“Mother,” by General Conference
His, her, your, thy, ‘s.
Young, its own widowed
Dear, wonderful, angel
Sweet loving mortal whose
Beloved, lovely, working
Anxious, sorrowing, grief-stricken, heartbroken
Aged, expectant, grieving
Weeping, courageous, departed:
What’s the best General Conference corpus poem you can find?