Issue 54: The Everyday


Issue 54: The Everyday celebrates Ruminate's focus on finding the sacred within everyday moments and routines. “The commonplace is the thing," the painter Andrew Wyeth writes. "But it's hard to find. Then if you believe in it, have a love for it, this specific thing will become universal.”

This issue features work from our 2019 Broadside winner, "What Are Poets For" by Meredith Stricker. This issue also features the winning pieces from our 2020 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, "Destiny of Cumin" by Jasmine V. Bailey, "A True Prayer is One That You Do Not Understand" by Kelly J. Beard, and "How To Ruin a Persian Wedding" by Atash Yaghmaian chosen by judge Brianna Van Dyke.

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Readers' Notes
Frank DiPalermo
Holly Goslin
Rick Kempa
Sara Martin
Anne Peek
John Julius Reel
Lisa Rough
Rebecca Ruark
Karen Weyant
Rachel Wilkerson

The Destiny of Cumin, Jasmine V. Bailey
A True Prayer Is One You Do Not Understand, Kelly J. Beard 
How To Ruin a Persian Wedding, Atash Yaghmaian 

What Are Poets For, Meredith Stricker
New Year, Erin Malone
meditation with a question, Lary Kleeman
When It Comes to Change, Grief is More Useful Than Nostalgia, Chelsea Dingman
Marriage, Katie Marya
Losses, Sneha Subramanian Kanta
Clay Bodies, Nick Yingling
Isaac, Richard Brostoff
Aubade: Troposphere, Myronn Hardy
The land begins its vanishing—, Kristin Macintyre
On & on, Sara Burant
Inherit the Wind, Charity Yoro
Extinction Theory, Alyse Bensel

Visual Art
The art of Daniel Seth Kraus
The art of Letitia Huckaby
The art of Andrew Huot
The art of Miriam Rudolph

Shelter Break, Stacy Trautwein Burns

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