Because Longing is Part of Belonging

Because Longing is Part of Belonging

February 23, 2021

The father with his daughters’ names tattooed on his eyelids.

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This Could Be Love - Ruminate Magazine

This Could Be Love

February 20, 2021

She drags me to each room, to each shadow: the witch, the devil, her own figure at the space where a closet meets the wall.

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Papa's Tallit - Ruminate Magazine

Papa's Tallit

February 20, 2021

It was also a good thing I had no idea what Papa was saying because every morning he thanked God he was not born a woman.

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Ghost Feathers - Ruminate Magazine

Ghost Feathers

February 20, 2021

The cold in the laundromat is specific. It is a broken-radiator cold, Buffalo, New York cold, the rotten-side-of-the-holidays cold, the cold you feel when a spirit is close.

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For the good of those who love him - Ruminate Magazine

For the Good of Those Who Love Him

February 19, 2021

Saul’s father sits down next to him, lights Saul’s candle and pats his leg. He’s always more affectionate in church, like he’s forgotten his normal behaviors. Distracted by the possibility of God, he remembers Saul.  

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8oz of Water

8oz of Water

February 18, 2021

Robin Gow's poem "8oz of water" appears in Issue No. 52: In Transit.

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Should A Catastrophe Occur - Ruminate Magazine

Should a Catastrophe Occur

February 17, 2021

"To be honest, half my life I’ve wanted to hide in a cupboard."

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A Kind of Lightning

A Kind of Lightning

February 16, 2021

S. Yarberry's poem "A Kind of Lightning" appears in Issue 58: What Remains.

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All This Time Her Bones

All This Time Her Bones

February 16, 2021

Have you come to the part of your life in which you contemplate your mother’s bones?

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In Ourselves, In Our Writing

In Ourselves, In Our Writing

February 15, 2021

When we write about people of our own creation, when we write fiction, there’s different work to do. We aren’t just noticing and deciding how to tell what we’ve noticed or experienced...We’re painting in those faint images and sensations ourselves, layering them onto more concrete descriptions of place and reality.

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Never Mind

Never Mind

February 11, 2021

Bill Marsh's piece "Never Mind" appears in Issue No. 58: What Remains

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Ruminate Happenings Spotlight on Katie Manning - Ruminate Magazine

Sighting Grief

February 09, 2021

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Spoiled

Spoiled

February 09, 2021

As the sun soars, heat blots out birdsong, the scratchy call of insects, and soon there’s nothing but the tramp of our boots across the parched earth.

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Hazy Skies

Hazy Skies

February 08, 2021

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Night Piece

Night Piece

February 03, 2021

Ruminate Happenings Spotlight on Anne McGrath.

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Boredom Interrupted

Boredom Interrupted

February 02, 2021

The flies struggle, but I persevere, and after what seems like forever, wings held tight against their bodies, the flies are sliding down the glass on streams of the liquid, like a fatal carnival ride.

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If Party Wolf Jumps

If Party Wolf Jumps

January 26, 2021

All of which is to say when you remember Baker now it’s best to remember him with the wolf mask on, and if you remember the weeks you spent dating his older sister, remember only the good parts and the parts that make you look good.

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Wait for Me

Wait for Me

January 19, 2021

I might spend five minutes yelling into the phone, "It's me, Mamina! Your Granddaughter!" And I will hear, "Who? Who?" And I'll try and try again to no avail and think she can't hear me anymore, she can't see me anymore.

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And From His Grave a Rose

And From His Grave a Rose

January 12, 2021

We drank hot black Turkish coffee, quashing our grimaces, pretending our tastes had changed.

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Laundry

Laundry

January 05, 2021

 I left after fifteen years. It was decades before I wore white, again.

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for the love of lowly things (for Mary) - Ruminate Magazine

for the love of lowly things (for Mary)

December 15, 2020

In December, it is the season of Advent in the church calendar, and in the sanctuary, large-scale artwork of a pregnant belly adorns the stage. I wonder at the quiet fury and joy of Mary, her declaration in the Magnificat that God has “filled the hungry and sent the rich away empty.”

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2020 Broadside Poetry Prize Winner - Ruminate Magazine

2020 Broadside Poetry Prize Winner

December 14, 2020

Ruminate Magazine is thrilled to share with you the winners of the 2020 Broadside Poetry Prize!

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Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy - Ruminate Magazine

Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy

December 08, 2020

Baking is precise and often pretty; cooking, more improvisational; I like them both and lose myself that way, which is a life skill and I recommend it.

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Origin Story - Ruminate Magazine

Origin Story

December 01, 2020

I understand the urge to do it up, up up and away, until you get so far gone and high the only place to come back down is on some open stretch of highway.

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On Joy - Ruminate Magazine

On Joy

November 26, 2020

Joy is the purest form of gratitude.

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Three Erasures - Ruminate Magazine

Three Erasures

November 24, 2020

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Issue 57: Mend Readers' Notes - Ruminate Magazine

Issue 57: Mend Readers' Notes

November 18, 2020

We are thrilled to share some hand-picked readers' notes featured in Issue 57: Mend. Be sure to check out our winter 2020 issue.

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My Condolences - Ruminate Magazine

My Condolences

November 17, 2020

The girl, whose name I never learned, didn’t die before the song was over, and we never saw her again.

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Sister Synergy + Pregnancy from Contemplating My Internal Organs + Digestive Issues - Ruminate Magazine

Sister Synergy + Pregnancy from Contemplating My Internal Organs + Digestive Issues

November 11, 2020

Pinky Bass's visual art appears in Issue 57: Mend.

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The Ducks in Winter - Ruminate Magazine

The Ducks in Winter

November 10, 2020

I even envy my old life now, my own youth, so I start rearranging the furniture to make the past come back, or some of it.

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Alterations - Ruminate Magazine

Alterations

November 04, 2020

At twelve, I started sewing for myself and tasted command. 

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Not Always the Hero - Ruminate Magazine

Not Always the Hero

November 03, 2020

It is difficult to realize that someone you respect and care for understands you and people that look like you as self-centered and reactionary because you demand inalienable rights.

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For the Millions - Ruminate Magazine

For the Millions

October 28, 2020

Oh Best Beloved, a poem can’t pull / anyone back from death / into life, but it can pull the dead / into a poem.

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Waiting - Ruminate Magazine

Waiting

October 27, 2020

I think about my mother in the garden hilling green beans, and I asked her if I could go on birth control, and she didn’t say anything, which meant “yes,” which meant “no,” which meant, “I’m hilling beans right now.

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Beneath a Vacant Sky - Ruminate Magazine

Beneath a Vacant Sky

October 20, 2020

Marla is convinced that if the moon hadn’t exploded, Austin would’ve kissed her.

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