What Do I Read Next?
Like Practical Gods, the poems in Dennis’s sixth poetry collection, Meetings with Time (1992), explore various philosophical ideas, while contrasting them with the mundane details of everyday human experience.
In Dennis’s only work of literary criticism Poetry as Persuasion (2001), the poet discusses his various poetic methods, including creating voice, the use of irony, and the use of myth.
In Dennis’s seventh poetry collection, Ranking the Wishes (1997), he examines the ways that our wishes define us, through the use of several poetic mediums. Like “The God Who Loves You,” this volume explores the concepts of free will and predetermination.
Stephen Dunn, a contemporary of Dennis, is also a poet who examines the everyday details of the human experience. Unlike his previous volumes, however, Dunn’s Landscape at the End of the Century: Poems (1991) examined these experiential details within the context of the then-upcoming millennium change.
Ruth Stone, an octogenarian, is another poet who examines the details of everyday life. Like Dennis, Stone’s poetry is contemplative and explores a wide range of subjects including her own upbringing, her perspective on aging, and her observations of scenic America.
In “The God Who Loves You,” Dennis takes the reader through an alternate history where he shows what might have happened if the reader made different choices. Alternate histories are also a type of speculative fiction that was very popular in the twentieth century. The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century (2001), edited by Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg, includes some of the most widely known stories from this genre and offers a good overview of this type of fiction.
In Neal Donald Walsch’s controversial Conversations with God (1999), the author claims to have talked to God and that the deity answered him through Walsch’s pen. The resulting book is, according to the author, a literal translation of Walsch’s conversation, during which God answers all of the author’s questions about everyday life and the human experience.