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 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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Review of My Radio Radio by Jessie Van Eerden

Review of My Radio Radio by Jessie Van Eerden

December 09, 2016

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Review of This World by Teddy Macker

Review of This World by Teddy Macker

December 05, 2016

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Review of Lily Harp: A Novella

Review of Lily Harp: A Novella

November 30, 2016

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Review of The Apostles after Acts: A Sequel, by Thomas Schmidt

Review of The Apostles after Acts: A Sequel, by Thomas Schmidt

October 19, 2016

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Review of A Land Without Sin, by Paula Huston

Review of A Land Without Sin, by Paula Huston

March 04, 2016

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Review of Glorybound, by Jessie Van Eerden

Review of Glorybound, by Jessie Van Eerden

March 03, 2016

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Review of The Assumption, by Bryan D. Dietrich

Review of The Assumption, by Bryan D. Dietrich

September 23, 2015

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Brian Doyle: Works with Soul

Brian Doyle: Works with Soul

June 02, 2015

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Review of Paul Mariani's Epitaphs for the Journey: New, Selected, and Revised Poems

Review of Paul Mariani's Epitaphs for the Journey: New, Selected, and Revised Poems

April 24, 2015

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Review: Kathleen L. Housley's Epiphanies

Review: Kathleen L. Housley's Epiphanies

April 14, 2015

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Review: Particular Scandals, by Julie L. Moore

Review: Particular Scandals, by Julie L. Moore

April 10, 2015

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Review: Tania Runyan's Second Sky

Review: Tania Runyan's Second Sky

April 03, 2015

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Review: Thomas Maltman's Little Wolves

Review: Thomas Maltman's Little Wolves

March 25, 2015

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Review: Robert Vander Lugt's Sand, Smoke, Current

Review: Robert Vander Lugt's Sand, Smoke, Current

March 24, 2015

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Review: Sydney Lea's Six Sundays Toward a Seventh

Review: Sydney Lea's Six Sundays Toward a Seventh

February 24, 2015

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Review of Letters and Life by Bret Lott

Review of Letters and Life by Bret Lott

September 04, 2014

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Review of She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories by Ron Hansen

Review of She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories by Ron Hansen

May 13, 2014

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Review of Gold by Barbara Crooker

Review of Gold by Barbara Crooker

April 30, 2014

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Review of This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon by Linda McCullough Moore

Review of This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon by Linda McCullough Moore

March 07, 2014

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Works with Soul: Interview with Jay Kidd

Works with Soul: Interview with Jay Kidd

October 01, 2013

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Review of The Evening Hour by Carter Sickels

Review of The Evening Hour by Carter Sickels

June 25, 2013

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Review of Goliath by Susan Woodring

Review of Goliath by Susan Woodring

April 10, 2013

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Wonder and Grief: Review of A Thousand Vessels, by Tania Runyan

Wonder and Grief: Review of A Thousand Vessels, by Tania Runyan

April 07, 2013

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Review of Still: Notes on a Midlife Crisis by Lauren Winner

Review of Still: Notes on a Midlife Crisis by Lauren Winner

March 20, 2013

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Review of We Are Mostly Water by Kristin George Bagdanov

Review of We Are Mostly Water by Kristin George Bagdanov

January 23, 2013

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Review of Recluse Freedom

Review of Recluse Freedom

December 11, 2012

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Works with Soul: Nicole Rollender

Works with Soul: Nicole Rollender

November 14, 2012

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Review of Marilyn McEntyre's book Reading Like a Serpent

Review of Marilyn McEntyre's book Reading Like a Serpent

September 10, 2012

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