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June 30, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Fawn”
Narrative poetry has its special challenge: how does it differentiate itself from prose? David Mason’s...
June 23, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Japanese Wall Hanging”
I find myself reading this poem both literally and as a metaphor for our lives....
June 19, 2017
Love Nailed to the Doorpost
If you want to be submerged in the depths of Jewish spirituality, this is the...
June 16, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Prayer”
I used to collect poems that are prayers, so Sharon Cumberland’s “Prayer” immediately leapt out...
June 02, 2017
Poetry Friday: “June Prayer”
How to pray for someone bent over by grief when nature is stretching upward in...
May 26, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Key”
I love this poem for its exuberance. The fat bee, “big as a blackberry,” bumping...
May 19, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Spirit of Promise”
Memories can make good material for poetry. In “The Spirit of Promise,” Daniel Donaghy is...
May 12, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Rain”
The emotional landscape of motherhood can often be hard to describe and is underrepresented in...
May 10, 2017
Quartet for J. Robert Oppenheimer
What would you think of a biography of a famous person written in the form...
May 09, 2017
Disturbing the Silence: Part 2
Flocking to rural life and simple living can be just as much an attempt to...
May 05, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Aging Maria”
The prose poem is a challenging genre. After all, what distinguishes “plain prose” from “prose...
April 28, 2017
Poetry Friday: “To Jenya on First Noticing the Dog’s Bowl of My Imagination”
I was first drawn to this poem by Carol Ann Davis because of its long...
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 10, 2017
Dancing with Words During National Poetry Month
Here’s your assignment. Choose a poem you’ve written (it could be any piece of writing,...
April 07, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Last Supper”
This poem is a meditation on Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, “The Last Supper.” But...
March 17, 2017
Poetry Friday: “In Tandem”
Here is a poem that takes aim at our clichés about aging and death. It...
March 10, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Grief Daybook: A Love Supreme”
It’s fairly common for a poem to be inspired by (or be in conversation with)...
February 28, 2017
Dinner with Dona Adélia
Jessica Goudeau’s translations of the work of Adélia Prado, Brazil’s foremost living poet, appear in...
February 24, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Cartographer of Disaster”
Sometimes a poet will take a familiar story but re-tell it from the point of...
February 10, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Erasure”
Have you ever felt that your own existence is being called into question? That you...
February 03, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Bewilder”
This is a poem about scale, about the awesome power of the Creator, who in...
February 01, 2017
What is poetry, anyway? I found myself musing about this as I sat with John...
January 30, 2017
The Next Abraham
A few days ago, I was blessed to be present at my grandson Abraham’s bris,...
December 30, 2016
Poetry Friday: “New Year, Good Work”
A delightful scene is set in this poem. At the start of the new year,...
December 27, 2016
Update’s Top Ten of 2016
Every week, the Image staff curates a digital dispatch of compelling new books, music, artwork,...
December 23, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Carol of the Infuriated Hour”
Christmas carols: we love their joyous celebration of the birth of Christ. In “Carol of...
December 20, 2016
Kathleen Wakefield’s Invisible Stenographer
You’ve got to meet this character. She’s a stenographer by trade: From the outset she...
December 16, 2016
Poetry Friday: “A Christmas Story”
In “A Christmas Story,” Robert Cording evokes Aleksander Wat (1900-1967), a Polish poet that converted...
December 09, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Advent” by Bruce Bond
I’ve heard many people say we’ve never needed poetry more than we do now, but...
November 28, 2016
Saying Yes to the Annunciation
Of all the Gospel episodes, the Annunciation has long been one of the favorites of...
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