The Discovery of Love | Daniel Scott Tysdal

The Discovery of Love, Excerpts from an Endless Oral History

by Daniel Scott Tysdal


April 2015 | 16 pages | $10.00 | 978-0-9940839-1-3| Get it here!


The Discovery of Love is one poem in a series of fauxccasional poems (poems written to celebrate or memorialize a particular fake or speculative occasion). In it, the reader can find excerpts from contemporary interviews with Christians who, in the 1970s, suddenly discovered that Jesus preached Love, and, because of this discovery, worked to legalize gay marriage


from section one, “The Former Pastor Mayhew Ray (Excerpt from an Interview Recorded in Dothan, Alabama, March 5th, 2007)”


”                                              And then it

happened. [Pauses.] This I remember

as clear as day. I saw that word and I felt

God’s own great hands wrap me up like

a blanket round a baby and for the first

time I truly felt [pauses] Him, [pauses]

I mean us, us, the power He granted us

with this one word that changed the whole

ballgame: love. It was right there in John’s

First Epistle: “We love because He first loved

us.” I couldn’t believe we had missed it!

Lord forgive us, for centuries! [Laughs.]

And the scriptures were just stuffed with

it. Mark 12:31, “Love your neighbour as

yourself.” Romans 13:8, “Let no debt

remain outstanding, except the continuing

debt to love one another.” Ephesians 4:2,

“be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Every Book was filled with love, love, love,

love, love. More and more and more of it

as I lost myself, no, found myself page by



DANIEL SCOTT TYSDAL is the author of three books of poetry, Fauxccasional Poems (forthcoming from Icehouse 2015), The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010), and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). Predicting received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). Oxford University Press recently published his poetry textbook, The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Find him: