Editors Ruminate: On the Poetry of Issue 46, A Way Through

Editors Ruminate: On the Poetry of Issue 46, A Way Through

by Kristin George Bagdanov April 17, 2018 3 Comments

The theme for this issue is strategically reserved. It does not reveal the way through or even promise that one exists. Nor does it advise how one should get through a day, a life, or even a poem.

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Ruminate Roundup: Poetry

Ruminate Roundup: Poetry

by Kristin George Bagdanov March 01, 2018

Ruminate's recent poetry contributors have been busy writing books, and we are featuring them in this post. Take a look at this Ruminate Roundup of the talented writers whose work you might enjoy!

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

by Guest Blogger February 15, 2018 3 Comments

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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Review of The Divine Magnet

Review of The Divine Magnet

by Guest Blogger February 06, 2018 2 Comments

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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Reading for the Common Good

Reading for the Common Good

by Guest Blogger January 30, 2018

In Reading for the Common Good, Smith explores the role—the necessity— of reading for the betterment of our individual lives, our churches, our neighborhoods, and ultimately the world...In a world pushing us to go go go…Smith invites us to slow down—to slow down and read.

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Editors Ruminate: On the Poetry of Issue 45, Unfinished

Editors Ruminate: On the Poetry of Issue 45, Unfinished

by Kristin George Bagdanov January 04, 2018 2 Comments

...to finish, to be finished, is not a romantic, miraculous achievement, but a construct we impose upon our lives to produce some semblance of progress....The poems in this issue expose this tension, the potential and the anxiety present in the unfinished. They wrestle with the finality of death, the specter of memory, and the desire to change that which is not yet done.

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Ambition: Inquiries and Gentle Conclusions

Ambition: Inquiries and Gentle Conclusions

by Guest Blogger January 02, 2018

At the heart of this collection is a set of inquiries into the nature of ambition: Is it good, bad, or neutral? How might we best wield it?...Reassuringly, there is no Monolithic Christian Stance on ambition to be found here. Although every author is committed to both the Judeo-Christian tradition and the tradition of literary craft, they come to a plurality of gentle conclusions about the dilemma that ambition poses. 

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Review of Getting to Gardisky Lake

Review of Getting to Gardisky Lake

by Guest Blogger 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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Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption

Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption

by Guest Blogger 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

by Guest Blogger 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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Prodigal by E. VyVy Trinh

Prodigal by E. VyVy Trinh

by Ruminate Magazine November 20, 2017 1 Comment

We almost never missed a Sunday mass. Still, by the time I was in high school, Jesus couldn’t compete for my attention, which had been stolen by Harry Potter, a pretty girl at school with frazzled black curls, and general fascination with my own wild interiority. 

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A Gathering of Larks

A Gathering of Larks

by Guest Blogger October 26, 2017

Contemplative and amusing, Abigail Carroll’s A Gathering of Larks is an invitation to listen and to take delight in what one hears. It is an invitation to birdsong, to jokes and performances, to rustling leaves, and to one’s own voice asking questions into the world. But most of all, it is an invitation to friendship of a new kind, one unlimited by temporal proximity.

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“What’s Lasting”: Soul-Shaping Poems

“What’s Lasting”: Soul-Shaping Poems

by Guest Blogger September 05, 2017

Mark Burrows has curated a collection of poems that calls us back not only to stillness and to deep looking, but also to the place where we will be opened to a new abundance. In many ways, this endeavor lets us reconnect to our spiritual nature and, importantly, quenches our profound longing for what’s lasting. 

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Review of Light When It Comes By Chris Anderson

Review of Light When It Comes By Chris Anderson

by Guest Blogger August 29, 2017 1 Comment

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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Sinatra in His Kitchen

Sinatra in His Kitchen

by Guest Blogger August 24, 2017

What’s Sinatra doing? Looking glum and holding a sandwich. This photograph struck me as inexplicably sad. However Sinatra may have felt at that moment, whatever he was thinking as he held his sandwich, we will never know.

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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

by Guest Blogger 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

by Guest Blogger 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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The Physicality of Things

The Physicality of Things

by Guest Blogger May 23, 2017 3 Comments

I’ve spent much of my adulthood astonished by what I was supposed to learn in school but didn’t or forgot. The earth’s mantle, stardust and the miraculous heart, which pumps two thousand gallons of blood every day. Did God make me forgetful of the body and the earth or is forgetting my sin, a feature of the fall?

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Creative Lives Part 4

Creative Lives Part 4

by Guest Blogger May 19, 2017 1 Comment

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, part 2, and part 3 here. Part 4 begins in November of 2016, after a sobering election day. Julie and Melissa ask the question: what does it mean to create in the midst of a broken world?

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Creative Lives Part 3

Creative Lives Part 3

by Guest Blogger May 10, 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 and part 2 here. In this installment Julie and Melissa talk about the particulars of their creative process and the necessary blessing of having readers contribute to the narrative.

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Creative Lives Part 2

Creative Lives Part 2

by Guest Blogger 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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Creative Lives Part 1

Creative Lives Part 1

by Guest Blogger April 11, 2017

A few months ago we were delighted to receive letters from two of our poetry prize winners. Julie L. Moore won our 2008 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize; Melissa Reeser Poulin is the 2016 Poetry Prize winner. They wrote to us, independently, about the role Ruminate played in affirming their journeys as a creative people.

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In the “Desert of the Ordinary”

In the “Desert of the Ordinary”

by Guest Blogger April 03, 2017

In Pilgrim's Gait, his twenty-first book, David Craig brings to bear his considerable craft and accumulated wisdom to explore the way of the pilgrim, both in the sense of where the pilgrim walks and in the sense of how (with what “gait” or footsteps) the pilgrim walks. Individual poems offer a wealth of detail and a delightful energy of phrase and movement.

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Review of Catherine Abbey Hodges, Instead of Sadness

Review of Catherine Abbey Hodges, Instead of Sadness

by Guest Blogger March 22, 2017 2 Comments

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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Embracing the Body and What the Body Knows

Embracing the Body and What the Body Knows

by Guest Blogger December 18, 2016 1 Comment

ALL THAT HE HAD MADE (all) was very good. These are not complicated words, and yet for many centuries, it seems, we have failed to receive them. Cautioned by New Testament exhortations, we’ve assumed the Genesis writer’s generosity and inclusion of every part of creation to be poetic device, quietly maintaining that...

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Review of My Radio Radio by Jessie Van Eerden

Review of My Radio Radio by Jessie Van Eerden

by Guest Blogger December 09, 2016

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The Work of a Wand

The Work of a Wand

by Sophfronia Scott December 08, 2016

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Review of This World by Teddy Macker

Review of This World by Teddy Macker

by Ruminate Magazine December 05, 2016

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Review of Lily Harp: A Novella

Review of Lily Harp: A Novella

by Ruminate Magazine 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

by Ruminate Magazine October 19, 2016

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Islanders by Teow Lim Goh, Reviewed by Jim Prothero

Islanders by Teow Lim Goh, Reviewed by Jim Prothero

by Ruminate Magazine October 18, 2016

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When It’s Time to Let Go of Your Heroes

When It’s Time to Let Go of Your Heroes

by Gyasi Byng July 27, 2016

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Death Comes for the Deconstructionist, by Daniel Taylor

Death Comes for the Deconstructionist, by Daniel Taylor

by Guest Blogger July 05, 2016

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The Thorny Grace of It: And Other Essays for Imperfect Catholics, by Brian Doyle

The Thorny Grace of It: And Other Essays for Imperfect Catholics, by Brian Doyle

by Guest Blogger June 27, 2016

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In the Custody of Words: Poems, by Philip C Kolin

In the Custody of Words: Poems, by Philip C Kolin

by Guest Blogger June 22, 2016

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