The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

February 15, 2018

At the moment, the assumption to question is that we humans have a right to be on earth and that it will indefinitely support us. When the very ground is taken from beneath our feet, where can we stand? What is left to us, when the familiar forms of our physical existence are taken away? Nothing, perhaps—yet I wonder.

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Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption

Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption

December 05, 2017

As Sexton reminds readers at the beginning of her collection, “The very Word of God is, after all, a collection of broken stories about broken people just like us.” God will not be shocked by your failure, fear, or anger. Your wounds are welcome before God and God’s people. 

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Mystery and Befuddlement in Jae Newman’s Collage of Seoul

Mystery and Befuddlement in Jae Newman’s Collage of Seoul

November 28, 2017

Collage of Seoul begins with words we do not hear, words meant only for God. From the start, we know these poems will be both personal and private. Part of the mystery here is the deep mystery of another’s life and heart. Then, the shadow of the plane in the trees gestures toward the mysterious presence of God, and, as the poet wrestles with God, “there’s comfort in the fading echo,” he says, “the tail of the plane vanishing / into layers of mysterious clouds.” 

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Hunger for the Absolute: Review of Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart

Hunger for the Absolute: Review of Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart

August 13, 2015

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Mary Oliver: Pay Attention, Be Astonished, Talk About It

Mary Oliver: Pay Attention, Be Astonished, Talk About It

September 01, 2008

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