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January 23, 2018
The Love Song of Pepper Smith
The day of Pepper Smith’s funeral, it was a stiff fifteen degrees—ironic weather for a...
October 20, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Name of God”
In Scripture, “the name of God” equals “the power of God.” Think of Jesus saying,...
September 11, 2017
Remembering 9/11 in Washington D.C.
Sixteen years later, 9/11 seems so distant that it is merely a touchstone for rhetoric....
September 07, 2017
Still on the Line
I will not claim credit for many things, but one virtue I own is that...
August 29, 2017
An All Too Ghostly
: Part 2
Continued from yesterday. Four years ago, my wife and I moved into our red brick...
August 18, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Fire Tower”
This summer is marked by smoke, our town covered in an urgent haze from nearby...
August 03, 2017
Smelling A Rat
This post originally appeared on “Good Letters” on October 15, 2014. About a year ago...
June 08, 2017
Thine is the Transkingdom
Jasmine Temple, laboratory technician at New York University Lagone Medical Center, Institute for Systems Genetics,...
June 05, 2017
On the 50th Anniversary of the Six-Day War
What I didn’t know in June of 1967 was that this month and year for...
May 19, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Spirit of Promise”
Memories can make good material for poetry. In “The Spirit of Promise,” Daniel Donaghy is...
April 21, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Sewing Box”
We don’t think enough—or at least I don’t—about how objects can contain memory. But Murray...
April 20, 2017
The Eye Behind the Camera: Kirsten Johnson’s
When we first see the close-up of the dead bird on the ground, we wonder...
February 16, 2017
Epiphany in the Memory Unit
By Cameron Dezen Hammon. The priest’s wife handed me her half full can of beer....
February 03, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Bewilder”
This is a poem about scale, about the awesome power of the Creator, who in...
January 03, 2017
Transcendence: A Tribute to William Christenberry (1936-2016)
“The art of losing isn’t hard to master,” Elizabeth Bishop said, with irony. Still, it’s...
December 07, 2016
The Patron Saint of Losers, Part 2
This post, which appears as the Editorial Statement in Image issue 90, is continued from...
December 06, 2016
The Patron Saint of Losers, Part 1
This post appears as the Editorial Statement in Image issue 90. One of the stranger conversations...
November 30, 2016
The Ghosts of Home
When I visit my family in northern Minnesota, I find myself on the same roads...
November 25, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Poetry Is the Spirit of the Dead, Watching,” Part I, By Margaret Gibson
Where do our words come from? And our lives: how do they connect with those...
November 08, 2016
An Interview with Newbery Medal-Winning Author Clare Vanderpool, Part 1
Clare Vanderpool, Newbery-Medal winning author of the novels Moon over Manifest (Delacorte, 2010) and Navigating...
September 14, 2016
What My Kid Knew about Kubo
[Spoiler alert: This post is about the end of the movie, Kubo and the Two...
August 26, 2016
Poetry Friday: “The Embrace”
Poetry can recall us to the sensuousness of ordinary experience. Elizabeth Smither does this in...
July 15, 2016
Poetry Friday: “I Am Poured Out Like Water”
What attracts me to this poem is something deliberately absent yet evocatively present: baptism in...
June 30, 2016
The Dragon and the Yahrzeit Candle: On Forgetting and Remembering, Part 3
Continued from yesterday and Tuesday. In Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape,...
June 29, 2016
The Dragon and the Yahrzeit Candle: On Forgetting and Remembering, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. I dive into the pool. My body remembers water. My body remembers...
June 28, 2016
The Dragon and the Yahrzeit Candle: On Forgetting and Remembering, Part 1
I remember my social security number. I remember the combination to a lock—13 right, 27...
June 10, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Quantum Theory” by Victoria Kelly
A friend said to me once, if time were flat, if everything were always happening...
June 01, 2016
The Arab of the Future
I snuck into a chair while a friend was describing how growing up under a...
May 17, 2016
Grief and the Weight of Glory
The wind whips through the quilts and sheets on our clothesline, cracking now and then...
April 08, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Smokers, Sunday Morning, 1975” by Bobby C. Rogers
This poem seems at first to be a straight-forward narrative: a childhood recollection of the...
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