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Deborah Bogen: Bashō

Sweet friend, hear me. There will always be trouble.

January 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sunnivie Brydum: 11 Better Ideas for a Country in Need of Social Change

Even nations with long histories of inequality and violence carry lessons for how to move toward what might be called a more perfect union.

January 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

W.S. Merwin: To the New Year

our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible

January 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Judith Sanders: First Lesson

…assess this particular pebble’s
cool weight in your palm,
the diameter of its smoothness,
the course it traveled over the seabed

December 28, 2020 · 3 Comments

Majid Naficy: Seven Sacred Songs

There is a footstep
And the light of a lantern.
I hide myself beneath an old blanket
And become filled with the aroma of wheat.

December 27, 2020 · 5 Comments

Charles Davidson: Bannocks (Loaves) of Bread

Fifty-five years ago, I spent a memorable week on the tiny island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland, the site to which St. Columba came from Ireland in A.D. 563, to inaugurate the Christian mission to northern Britain.

December 25, 2020 · 10 Comments

Anna Swartwood House: The long history of how Jesus came to resemble a white European

The portrayal of Jesus as a white, European man has come under renewed scrutiny during this period of introspection over the legacy of racism in society.

December 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

BJ Ward: Christmas Eve

Along the cold streets, my townsfolk ignite
their faith. Each states that heaven’s gate’s a star
brighter than its neighbors. I’m in a car
with a coughing carburetor. Big night
for our Lord.

December 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jena Schwartz: Day 209

God pulls into a run-down motel and pays in cash. God wears a mask and walks slowly down the hallway and the one light bulb is flickering as he turns the key in the door.

December 20, 2020 · 3 Comments

Christine Fair: The Revenge of Farkhunda

The mullah falsely accused Farkhunda of burning a Quran. Those who overheard the allegation immediately decided that she must be killed. She was beaten with bats, stomped upon, and driven over by a car after which her body was dragged by a car and then immolated. Her real crime? She had the temerity as a woman to challenge superstitious practices propounded by ignorant male clerics.

December 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Robert Gibb: Angels in Homestead

Pale, sentinel, their stone wings
Open behind them, they stood about
As though the afterlife meant
To impress itself upon us

December 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Stephen Muecke: What Aboriginal people know about the pathways of knowledge

What can living in one place for 60,000 years teach a people?

December 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Lauds

the Templar strolled the cloister
after the dawn office
the sky was a sort of orange
like he had seen in the East

December 3, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: Sundays

A crew of skateboarders in 12-step recovery.

November 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

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