The Poetry of Loss and Redemption

A lovely post at Relief by my friend Jill Reid about the poetry of loss and redemption: A few months ago, I stood in the cold corner of a funeral home with a twenty-one year-old college student whom I have come to love and admire very much over four years of teaching her. Just a day [Read More...]

Celebrating Life’s Nitty-Gritty

Over at Good Letters, Peggy Rosenthal looks at the poetry of Brazilian poet Adelia Prado: I would like to feel, with Prado, that everything — yes everything — is beautiful, is holy, because it is God’s creation. Oh, I say I believe this, and I do believe it. But do I truly live it? I whine when the weather [Read More...]

Sing One Common Lord

An excerpt from “Christmas,” by George Herbert. The shepherds sing; and shall I silent be? My God, No hymn for thee? My soul’s a shepherd too: a flock it feeds Of thoughts, and words, and deeds. The pasture is thy word; the streams, thy grace Enriching all the place. Shepherd and flock shall sing, and [Read More...]

What Is A Poem?

Every so often (probably more than you’d expect), people say to me, “I just don’t get poetry.” Maybe that’s you. If it is – or even if it isn’t – here’s a helpful piece from The Atlantic. It’s a friendly, non-jargony, slightly cheeky intro to poetry. How many of us believe poetry is useless? How many of us [Read More...]


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