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Michael Simms: Meconium

it is sacred, the way
soil clinging to the seed
of a new shoot
pushing out of the earth
is sacred

October 2, 2021 · 11 Comments

Chard deNiord: The Hand

a finger here, a knuckle
there, but never the hand al-
together, except in a vision
for which I’m loathe to take
any credit, even for a nail

May 30, 2021 · 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

Molly Fisk: Firmament

Daylight and darkness are real, and seasons,
but everything else is a story…

December 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Love

When I was a child, my mother told me
God has many faces
And She reveals Herself
In many ways.

October 13, 2019 · 20 Comments

George Yancy: Dear God, Are You There?

We are in a deep spiritual crisis that can’t be relieved by politics, or philosophy.

August 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Yana Djin: Love

what i have asked, Lord, you have granted
thank you for the days
and nights
for the rays
that fall slanted
across the face

June 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: The Gardener

And he had imagined sitting in the evening
with his friend the Devil watching the small
human creatures frolic in the grass. They would
be like children, good natured and always singing.
When had he realized his mistake?

January 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Meditation on a Creator of Sorts Written While Eating Sweet Confections in the Rain

The moment feels half decadent and half desperate, these sugared minutes spent barely sheltered from the wetness of the storm, within earshot of the noise of thunder and as close … Continue reading

November 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Charles W. Brice: Hitching Post

A hippie sings his heart out in front of Christ Church, Oxford, his voice out of tune with his out of tune guitar. Our guide, beer on his breath at … Continue reading

September 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Ace Boggess: Ultra Deep Field

“Whenever we don’t understand something, we call it dark.” —Father Corbally of the Vatican Observatory    . to free eyes from the keyholes of the skull give them feet for … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Alan Watts animated by South Park creators

Here is a compilation of a few of Alan Watts’ non-corporeal appearances animated by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the television show South Park.

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Mahatma Gandhi on the Existence of God

Recorded on 17th October, 1931, During His Visit to England. . Revered the world over for his nonviolent philosophy of passive resistance, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was known to his many … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: ‘Dust’ by Dorianne Laux

In this video, Dorianne Laux reads her poem Dust at the 2011 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. — Dust Someone spoke to me last night, told me the truth. Just … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

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