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Robin Davidson: Mrs. Schmetterling Considers the Beautiful

When she closes her eyes, she sees the room’s ceiling
fill first with billowing shadows, then a pinpoint of
light that blooms into a blue-black shining, then
the brilliant blue of coronal plasma that could
be the widening eye of God.

March 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Rhymes of Nature

Old snow. It’s like the linens piled up in a corner of a thrift shop, the kind passed down from grandmother to mother and then to a daughter who regarded … Continue reading

February 13, 2022 · 3 Comments

Mark Twain: Two Ways of Seeing the River

Now when I had mastered the language of this water and had come to know every trifling feature that bordered the great river as familiarly as I knew the letters of the alphabet, I had made a valuable acquisition. But I had lost something, too.

November 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Three Ways of Looking at Beauty

When the hypnotherapist brought me out of my trance, I wondered about this deer, about my new vision of beauty—why had it changed? Something fundamental in me had shifted and reconstructed itself.

October 17, 2021 · 18 Comments

Sydney Lea: I Was Thinking Of Beauty

I was thinking of beauty
as something that will return–here’s Curtis Porter’s sweet horn–
outlasting our disputations.

August 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Master Potter

Today I visited my friend Bill Foglia who’s a master potter. He’s a founding member and the landlord of Penn Avenue Pottery, an artists’ cooperative located in the Strip District, … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: The Body Language of Poetry

Don’t gesticulate with your hands or make faces when speaking, the teachers at my British boarding school told me. It’s vulgar. I’m sure that this enjoinder at such an impressionable … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · 35 Comments

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