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October 03, 2018
The Lost Goodbye
You've been gone for only hours In a casket made of wood When no one...
September 25, 2018
Sassy wasn’t her real name, and she wasn’t “sassy” at all. But as happens with...
August 07, 2018
Here Is Where We Wait
This summer, I climbed the rotting steps to the hayloft of my family's barn to...
May 29, 2018
Mother’s house is not a house. Mother’s house is not a cave. Mother’s house is...
May 07, 2018
In a Religion of Love
In the religion of love to pray is to pass, by a shining word, into...
May 04, 2018
Poetry Friday: “Shortnin’ Bread”
We sang it, too. In 1961, Mr. D taught our fourth grade music class folk...
March 19, 2018
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I am chatting with a woman in a clothing store as our conversation moves from...
January 22, 2018
A Hearth for Our Home
A week before Christmas my husband and I hired professionals to install a wood stove...
December 13, 2017
Lucia in the Dark
Every year after the clocks fall back, I read Lia Purpura's essay "Sugar Eggs: A...
December 07, 2017
What Child Is This?
My wife is holding my hand to her stomach, gently gliding my fingers just beneath...
November 30, 2017
The Cost of Writing the Truth
I remember my mother used to go to bed for the day. The blackness of...
October 18, 2017
Looking For Release
This post originally appeared at Good Letters on May 9, 2012. Dayne, my mother’s ex-boyfriend,...
October 02, 2017
Bridal Veils and Blessing
In the back of the closet right, where I’d stowed it years before, I found...
September 18, 2017
Parenting by Politics
The moment is freeze-framed in my mind: My eldest, Milo, red-faced with anger, his eyes...
August 24, 2017
This post originally appeared in Good Letters on October 20, 2011 In the last few...
August 23, 2017
The Sweetness These Days
On the phone, he says, Your mother throws me over her shoulder and carries...
August 21, 2017
Prowling the Woods
My father told me that when he used to bird hunt through the Kilgore Hills...
August 16, 2017
Entering the Age of Subtraction
I am entering the Age of Subtraction. Almost as if there existed an imperceptible fulcrum...
August 15, 2017
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August 14, 2017
An American Body Politic
A show about Russian spies living in D.C. during the Cold War easily brings to...
June 30, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Fawn”
Narrative poetry has its special challenge: how does it differentiate itself from prose? David Mason’s...
June 29, 2017
My Own Desert (Tortoise) Father
This post originally appeared on “Good Letters” on July 21, 2014. I didn’t spend enough...
March 20, 2017
By Callie Feyen. Until a few months ago, I thought Aleppo, Syria was one word....
January 24, 2017
Manchester by the Sea
It’s impossible to speak of Kenneth Lonergan’s film Manchester by the Sea without alluding to...
January 23, 2017
The World at Midday
I spent Christmas Eve with my mom last month for the first time in years....
January 17, 2017
Black Lives, Black Art
I happened to be re-reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin when the current issue of Image (#90)...
January 09, 2017
Hea i ka Haku
By Marlene Muller On day two we fired the harpist. “The music is really very...
January 02, 2017
Poem for the New Year: “In the Candleroom at Saint Bartholomew’s on New Year’s Eve” By Heather Sellers
This poem moves me and impresses me with its sense of almost-but-not-quite arriving at connection....
December 26, 2016
A Love Supreme: The Surprising Art of Sedrick Huckaby
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