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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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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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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Dream Journal - Ruminate Magazine

Dream Journal

October 13, 2020

I’m a little girl with short hair again, but I can no longer slip back into the silent games she used to play.

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Chalisa (or Hanuman Knows All About it) - Ruminate Magazine

Chalisa (or Hanuman Knows All About it)

October 06, 2020

I tell myself Hanuman knows all about this sickness, that he wants me hear it that way, to pray for an end to this scourge.

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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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Like Angels At Us - Ruminate Magazine

Like Angels At Us

September 29, 2020

Long before the virus, you and I abandoned reality. All of us together.

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Small Things with Great Love - Ruminate Magazine

Small Things with Great Love

September 26, 2020

Today, we invite you to support Ruminate with a gift that will allow us to sustain, and grow, this exceptional community of writers, artists, and readers. 

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The Pool Party - Ruminate Magazine

The Pool Party

September 22, 2020

She knew she wasn’t supposed to see the kiss or the way the dark-haired boy stroked Josh’s back. And yet she did see.

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Cutting the Good Rosemary - Ruminate Magazine

Cutting the Good Rosemary

September 19, 2020

Michael Mlekoday's poem "Cutting the Good Rosemary" appears in Issue No. 42: Forming One Another.

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The Thing That Can't Wait: A Reflection on Winning Ruminate's William Van Dyke Short Story Prize - Ruminate Magazine

The Thing That Can't Wait: A Reflection on Winning Ruminate's William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

September 17, 2020

We are taking care and taking care. But we are more than that. We are always more.

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News - Ruminate Magazine

News

September 15, 2020

No one talks of these fights later. No one talks of anything when my mother is around, and no one talks of her when she isn’t.

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The Caterpillar Plant - Ruminate Magazine

The Caterpillar Plant

September 01, 2020

He squatted down, studying the way their bodies would scrunch together and expand outwards with each step. He knew they’d be butterflies but couldn’t see how.

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Issue 56: Expression Readers' Notes - Ruminate Magazine

Issue 56: Expression Readers' Notes

August 29, 2020

We are thrilled to share some hand-picked readers' notes featured in Issue 56: Expression. Be sure to check out our fall Issue which releases mid-September.

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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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Everything on the menu looks wrong + To Kiss Again After So Long - Ruminate Magazine

Everything on the menu looks wrong + To Kiss Again After So Long

August 22, 2020

Pace Taylor's visual art appears in Issue No. 56: Expression.

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The Wasted Things - Ruminate Magazine

The Wasted Things

August 20, 2020

When I find the maggot-fetus on the floor of our shower, I feel intensely fearful that our skin is something that is almost all gone, almost all out;

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Trumpet Joy - Ruminate Magazine

Trumpet Joy

August 18, 2020

Now, if it’s cold or raining, my son opens his bedroom window and points his horn outward to make certain Mr. Wei can hear.

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The Two-Body Problem - Ruminate Magazine

The Two-Body Problem

August 15, 2020

Brandon Thurman's poem "The Two-Body Problem" appears in Issue No. 56: Expression.

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Your Grandmother's Antique - Ruminate Magazine

Your Grandmother's Antique

August 13, 2020

Your grandmother, whose mouth you know so well, once told you the body will listen when the earth speaks.

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La Bruja - Ruminate Magazine

La Bruja

August 08, 2020

Alberto Daniels's short story "La Bruja" appears in Issue No. 56: Expression

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Avalon - Ruminate Magazine

Avalon

August 04, 2020

I know now what it means to be full to bursting with eager limbs, tears, and milk. I know, too, what it means to stretch something open with my own fullness by way of desire.

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Thirsty - Ruminate Magazine

Thirsty

July 30, 2020

At his room next morning they said, “He wanted us to tell you he was always thirsty. Now what do you figure that’s about?”

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Horizon - Ruminate Magazine

Horizon

July 28, 2020

The snow is thick, alive and panting, a roaring wall of white in the space between my father and me.

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A Poetry Editor’s Guide to Ruminate - Ruminate Magazine

A Poetry Editor’s Guide to Ruminate

July 24, 2020

I’ve tried to quantify my time here. In close to six years as poetry editor, I’ve read and evaluated near 10,000 poetry submissions, worked with over 250 poets, and co-edited twenty-four issues. However, I can’t quite quantify what I’ve learned from Ruminate—the community it’s extended to me, the people I’ve learned from and with along the way. In preparing an editorial handbook for the two incredible poets who will soon take up my position, I tried to distill the essential duties of being po...

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Nova - Ruminate Magazine

Nova

July 23, 2020

She said nothing, placed a hand on his forearm. Already their spirits were shrinking, an unletting of birthday-bright balloons.

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Sign of the Times - Ruminate Magazine

Sign of the Times

July 21, 2020

Openings are one part mystery, one part miracle. Who’s to say when they will occur, or what will result. 

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