How to Order the Universe: a Review

How to Order the Universe: a Review

September 16, 2021

The only thing to keep human beings from being lost in time is the stories they tell, but even these have a habit of disappearing.

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A Framework of Angels: Angelicus

A Framework of Angels: Angelicus

August 26, 2021

Amid days of sometimes groping for the way forward, examples of angelic humility offer a kindly scaffold.

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Review: Dialogues with Rising Tides

Review: Dialogues with Rising Tides

August 12, 2021

All to say that the joys and pains, traumas and experiences, pasts, phobias, and hopes we carry influence every particle of matter we contact, initiating change and exchange

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"Alone with the Work": A conversation with Amy E. Weldon

July 29, 2021

I really don't believe that we are going to internet our way out of this.

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Bone Seeker: A Review

Bone Seeker: A Review

July 22, 2021

Some might call anxiety, too, a certain kind of obsession over endings—when they will inevitably land, who they will take first, how the hell we can prevent them

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On The Spectrum: A Review

On The Spectrum: A Review

July 15, 2021

Through Bowman’s rich and varied essays, he invites us to redefine autism, not as a death sentence or a stamp of medical ire, but rather as a deepening of one’s true sense of a self.

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A review of Anjali Enjeti’s essay collection Southbound

A review of Anjali Enjeti’s essay collection Southbound

July 01, 2021

And yet, both artistry and activism are born from the seeds of passion.

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The Oracle Pool: An Interview

The Oracle Pool: An Interview

June 24, 2021

Is it possible in this world to have anything miraculous happen? Are there sacred places that still exist?

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SALAMAT SA INTERSECTIONALITY: A Review

SALAMAT SA INTERSECTIONALITY: A Review

May 13, 2021

A truly intersectional world has not yet been realized, but Putney imagines it, hopes for it, asks, What might it mean to unmake our binary-loving gods?

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An Apprenticeship with Sorrow

An Apprenticeship with Sorrow

April 08, 2021

When COVID-19 joined the long list of climacterics we’d been enduring—hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, floods, and unprecedented housing and employment shortages—I felt an urgency to understand the overwhelming grief, loss, and uncertainty I was experiencing.

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A Review of A.G. Mojtabai’s Thirst: A Novel

A Review of A.G. Mojtabai’s Thirst: A Novel

March 18, 2021

I love saying these sentences out loud, hearing the hard ‘t’ sounds resonate, the quiet of all those h’s.

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Smallness by Smallness: An Interview with Lauren Camp

Smallness by Smallness: An Interview with Lauren Camp

March 04, 2021

Poetry demands a visionary way to see. It lets the writer chisel into the most valuable part of the stone. None of this is easy, but that complicated thought and consideration appeals to me.

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A Lush Poetic Garden: A Review of Sweet Herbaceous Miracle by Berwyn Moore

A Lush Poetic Garden: A Review of Sweet Herbaceous Miracle by Berwyn Moore

February 04, 2021

In her third full-length collection of poetry, Erie County’s inaugural poet laureate tends a lush poetic garden.

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“A Holy Multiplicity”: a review of Keren Dibbens-Wyatt’s Recital of Love

“A Holy Multiplicity”: a review of Keren Dibbens-Wyatt’s Recital of Love

January 28, 2021

Some of the pieces feel exhortative, some poetic, some like love letters, some like the teasing of a good friend who knows you a bit too well. 

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Mourning Together: An Interview with Colombian Artist Erika Diettes

Mourning Together: An Interview with Colombian Artist Erika Diettes

January 21, 2021

In a better society, dying in atrocious ways would not be a possibility. Today, we are all wishing to not die alone.

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“Holding a Stuffed Raccoon Up to the Sky”: a review of Erin Carlyle’s Magnolia Canopy Otherworld

“Holding a Stuffed Raccoon Up to the Sky”: a review of Erin Carlyle’s Magnolia Canopy Otherworld

January 14, 2021

We must become the girl, but we must also become The Animal, the man, the trash stuck to skirts. 

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Interview with Kathryn Clark, artist of the Foreclosure Series featured in Under Pressure: Issue 55 - Ruminate Magazine

Interview with Kathryn Clark, artist of the Foreclosure Series featured in Under Pressure: Issue 55

October 22, 2020

People are more willing to look at art objectively than listen [objectively] to what a politician has to say.

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Analytical Tenderness: A Review of Uma Menon’s Poetry Collection Hands for Language - Ruminate Magazine

Analytical Tenderness: A Review of Uma Menon’s Poetry Collection Hands for Language

October 01, 2020

Menon’s approach in this collection gives us a simple, elegant way to listen to others better.

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Gathered Together in the Dark, Part 5: A conversation with poet Shann Ray, continued - Ruminate Magazine

Gathered Together in the Dark, Part 5: A conversation with poet Shann Ray, continued

August 28, 2020

 I try to imagine science, art, and the numinous as interrelated, like good sisters.

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Gathered Together in the Dark, Part 4: A conversation with poet Shann Ray - Ruminate Magazine

Gathered Together in the Dark, Part 4: A conversation with poet Shann Ray

August 28, 2020

Everyone can know and be known. Mercy tells us so.

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Gathered Together in the Dark, Part 3: A conversation with artist Trinh Mai, continued - Ruminate Magazine

Gathered Together in the Dark, Part 3: A conversation with artist Trinh Mai, continued

August 26, 2020

I have witnessed a healing that arises from death in the form of forgiveness.

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Gathered Together in the Dark, Part 2: A conversation with artist Trinh Mai - Ruminate Magazine

Gathered Together in the Dark, Part 2: A conversation with artist Trinh Mai

August 25, 2020

The ability to bring thoughtform into lifeform is a characteristic of being made in God’s own image.

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Gathered Together in the Dark, Part 1: A Review of Atomic Theory 7: Poems to my Wife and God - Ruminate Magazine

Gathered Together in the Dark, Part 1: A Review of Atomic Theory 7: Poems to my Wife and God

August 24, 2020

By locating questions of faith and doubt within the atomic, these poems enact a theology where the divine resides within instead of above the physical world.

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Wonder, Despite: A Review of AFTER JUNE

Wonder, Despite: A Review of AFTER JUNE

August 08, 2019

Like many writers, she wondered if she shouldn’t give up. Why were we squandering time and money on art that few, if any, would read? The answer, as always, is because we have to.

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Review of Melissa Reeser Poulin’s Rupture, Light

Review of Melissa Reeser Poulin’s Rupture, Light

June 13, 2019

Melissa Reeser Poulin’s latest chapbook, Rupture, Light (Finishing Line Press), is a journey down the fathoms-deep well of human experience. The poet’s word choice and lines are clear and clean like cold water––and just as refreshing. Poulin plunges the reader into wanting, anticipation, anxiety, and joy.

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Song of a Captive Bird: A Review

Song of a Captive Bird: A Review

March 28, 2019

Forugh says: “Writing had cost me so much, but it was also the thing that saved me, that allowed me to live. I wasn’t the woman I wanted to be yet, but I was beginning to resemble her now.”

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To Remake the World: A Review of Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else

To Remake the World: A Review of Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else

February 28, 2019

In Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else...Mock explores gender equality, singleness, body image, and other cultural expectations that manifest inequity, courageously advocating for a world that embraces all people...Worthy...call[s] upon Christians to “remake the church from within..."

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The Afterlives of American Evangelicalism:  A Review of Interior States By Meghan O’Gieblyn

The Afterlives of American Evangelicalism: A Review of Interior States By Meghan O’Gieblyn

January 22, 2019

"To be a former believer," she writes in her evocative first essay collection, Interior States, “is to perpetually return to the scene of the crime." Each of her fifteen essays, wide-ranging in their content, contains an element of that circling back around: to her Midwestern evangelical childhood or to her time at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where the threading began to unravel. 

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Review of The Divine Magnet

Review of The Divine Magnet

February 06, 2018

Niemeyer foregrounds the ways the letters reflect the writer’s intense moral and spiritual concerns. “That these letters … read much like homilies is a key to their power and genius,” he claims, departing without apology from those who find them more manic than ministerial.

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Review of Getting to Gardisky Lake

Review of Getting to Gardisky Lake

December 21, 2017

As I carried Paul J. Willis 2016 collection, Getting to Gardisky Lake with me for the last several weeks, I found innumerable mantrams among the poems, grounding myself amidst Willis’ stories of the wilderness, the classroom, of aging and of loving. It seems there is nothing his poetry does not touch...

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Review of Light When It Comes By Chris Anderson

Review of Light When It Comes By Chris Anderson

August 29, 2017

That very quality of tenderness—and honesty, and sincerity, and authenticity—is what marks Light When It Comes. The book is arranged in ten short chapters which themselves are broken into what can only be described as pericopes—the kind of fragments of narrative and utterance that make up the scriptures themselves.

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Review of One Ordinary Sunday:  A Meditation on the Mystery of the Mass, by Paula Huston

Review of One Ordinary Sunday: A Meditation on the Mystery of the Mass, by Paula Huston

August 14, 2017

The book is no mere introduction to Catholic worship for outsiders; it is a piece of spiritual autobiography that invites us into the vulnerable moments of reflection, resistance, reawakening, and simple rejoicing that occur on “an ordinary Sunday” in the course of the Mass. 

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Review of Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure

Review of Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure

June 19, 2017

My story isn’t all that unfamiliar to anyone: mid-twenties, college graduate, part-time jobs, multiple moves and housemates, one dog.  Most of us live the dream at this time of our lives: poverty-level incomes with no (human) dependents.  Don’t get me wrong—I am pleased. 

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Creative Lives Part 2

Creative Lives Part 2

April 18, 2017

I'm thrilled that they've allowed us to share their conversation with you in this series titled "Creative Lives". You can read part 1 here—part 2 starts with a shared love of Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon’s poetry, and the way that those works and others informed the writing lives of these two poets.

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Review of Catherine Abbey Hodges, Instead of Sadness

Review of Catherine Abbey Hodges, Instead of Sadness

March 22, 2017

Teeming with imagery and intelligence, Catherine Abbey Hodges’s Instead of Sadness(Gunpowder Press, 2016) is as much a collection of moments as of poetry. With dovelike gentleness, each piece rests on the thoughts and images of a particular moment, held aloft by the layeredness of meaning that makes up the...

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