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mitzvah
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Lou Ella Hickman for miriam the young rabbi, earnest and intense, forgot to read your requested scripture pa ...

A Million Prayers
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle And it turned out that they had gone over the million / Prayer mark for our son The first time we ...

Hora Tertia
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Madeline Mysko I consider the moonflower: / how the big spent blooms look like / three linen tea towels rinsed and wrung out ...

Chiaroscuro
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Samuel Harrison Through the slippery spirit's incomprehensible means / A perfect surrender. The back-lit ...

Easter with Czeslaw Milosz: Cento
Originally Posted: 05/11/2014 - 10:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kathleen Gunton So that for a short moment there is no death. From white villages Easter bells resound. ...

The Blades of Grass in the Garden of Gethsemane Speak to Me
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Zach Czaia There are tour guides who speak / all the human tongues, and we are trampled / for being famous blades / but then are resurre ...

The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Kathleen McCoy Sometimes even we— / pierced with arrow-words, with brassy / cacophonies of slurs—stand in calm. ...

Uncontained
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 12:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

V. Jane Schneeloch If my belief were a hickory nut / I'd keep it safe in my pocket “Belief is as ...

Shepherds
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Harry C. Kiely The voices are singing, “All will be well, All will be well.” Night. The sheep huddled agains ...

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Philip Metres If Advent is a time / of waiting, of joyful anticipation, why are we / so often troubled? The c ...

Thou Who Art in Me
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Manaster Be the pulse driven from a broken shell. And fallen, fallen light renew! — William Bl ...

They Will Kill You
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Ewuare X. Osayande Excerpt from Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander they will ki ...

Struggle of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Leigh Donaldson Early morning before he unlocks the church gate the rector kneels before the gridiron fence surrounding the Cathedral, not in prayer but to c ...

Hell's Belly
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gene Fox From the midst of the nether world I cried for help.  —from the Book of Jonah A gray whale blows off Cardiff Beach, just beyond the glamour homes, boutiques, an ...

Illuminated
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Mass in Las Choapas, Mexico On my knees I beg forgiveness for my greed— and for starving m ...

Infantry
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Bree Devones Hsieh I The crumpled woman pushes through the door and sees your plump limp limbs held tight in my buckled arms. She remembers holding such sweet eternity. ...

Second Line
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Sholl Blindfolded and gagged, tossed in the back / of a car -- it's how they gather up young men / ...

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Bathanti Hemorrhaging from the concertina / crown, brass knuckles, scourging, cigarette burns, / lurching the last meter of Golgot ...

Dresden's Shrove Tuesday
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Judith Werner Deep with one savior’s death, how many more? In observance of which, the Dresden burghers as usual held Shrove Tuesday circuses around Our Lady’s Church, the Fraue ...

The Place of the Green Wand
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Theodore Deppe Something called a GiveBox appeared / this fall on Falckensteinstrasse, and my first gift Some ...

When You Are a Child
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 10:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Sandra M. Tully You wait a long time for Christmas morning drifting asleep even as the ebony slate of sky shatters in clarion silence Glory, Hallelujah! and shepherds in th ...

Nineveh
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elvis O. Alves He uproots teeth primordial in nature and that eat his soul with appetite the size of mercenary forces plundering a city whose inhabitants do not fight back beca ...

Reading Ayn Rand at the Hospital
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Mark Hiskes About love she was all wrong, / the old capitalist, patron saint / of the self-made rich. How well / she misunderstood the pa ...

'The Hungry Soul in Pursuit of the Full Soul'
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Muriel Nelson On Proverbs 8 ‘The Hungry Soul in Pursuit of the Full Soul’ On Proverbs 8 My saints wo ...

Witness
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Maritza Rivera "There is nothing casual / about casualties of war." There is nothing casual about ...

The Sacred Fish
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

D.S. Martin You can’t desire to catch the sacred fish / as much as he desires to be caught / & yet / he darts through the dim depths ...

The Five Stages of Grief
Originally Posted: 04/05/2012 - 9:57am | Type: Magazine Article

E. Ethelbert Miller "Denial / This has nothing to do with blackness. / This has everything to do with blackness." ...

Trading
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeanne Murray Walker Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.                                                                 —Word ...

Against the Night
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Belle Fox-Martin We are the lay of the land— / pocked, hilled, knowing every ember / and seed imprinted on our bones. ...

Words
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

R.M. Blair While he was in jail, two policemen / came to his apartment, took / all his books, sat at his kitchen table / drinking his cof ...

Trumpet
Originally Posted: 12/12/2011 - 3:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Annie Deppe There were two sets of stairs: the front ones curving and formal while the backstairs rose steep as a canyon wall. As a girl, ...

Nativity
Originally Posted: 11/07/2011 - 10:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Barbara Crooker The amaryllis bulb, dumb as dirt, inert, how can anything spring from this clod, this stone, the pit of some subtropical, ...

How Dare the Sun Ascend?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 2:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ken Sehested We all knew it would come. Someday. Always later. Mañana . It comes for us all. Sure. Of course. We know that. Someday. Mañana . But when someday ...

Heaven's Back Door
Originally Posted: 09/13/2011 - 2:49pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Schiffman Eschewing perfection, they knotted in a flaw, the human signature and kink that made the carpet whole -- not less perfect, but more for the fraying edge, th ...

Giving Voice
Originally Posted: 07/29/2011 - 4:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann (for Daniel Berrigan on his ninetieth birthday) the heart dares the word dares the page ...

Edict
Originally Posted: 08/28/2011 - 7:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Scott Kinder-Pyle The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person, for our house is open, there are no ...

Amputees
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 7:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Sarah Browning In our city we see them sometimes. In our city we see them sometimes, out for the day with a ...

Beneath Me
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 5:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sneha Abraham Touched your hem / A thousand times / A face just / Beyond my sight / Space between / Grace, grief ...

Luke 5:1 Disciples
Originally Posted: 03/22/2011 - 4:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Ross This time they are the ones cauth, though they try to close their eyes. Here are working men wit ...

As A Second Language
Originally Posted: 02/27/2011 - 7:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

Noel Julnes-Dehner My husband, he die without water in desert. Walking Saudi Arabia -- no jobs in Yemen for policemen from Somalia. ...

My Imperfect Caligraphy
Originally Posted: 02/27/2011 - 7:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rob Soley My strokes are halting, not like the imagined fluidity of the monastic scribes, hunched, by candlelight, over some ancient text, ...

The Way to Cold Mountain
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Magazine Article

Temple Cone Bach wrote his solo cello suites as études, not for performance./ Imagine, the arpeggios of the first prelude, forever privat ...

Jesus and the Cabbage
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 3:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jeanne Murray Walker His friend Martha's making soup, because you still / have to eat. Meanwhile, back in the Garden / ...

Last Autumn Song
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jesse Nathan No, nothing, she says, that is not God’s, and we approach a crow ripping the entrails of a truck-crushed fox, and the crow fl ...

Angels of America
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Priscilla Atkins The hospital chaplain who sits in the room of a sick child in Chicago and brings the child to God—not with words but by h ...

Firethorn
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kevin Hadduck Over chatter of starlings and grackles, you hear your father’s voice, confident and constant as bee hum in the backyard of y ...

Flimsy Ribbon
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Schiffman Somebody noticed this quaking purplish spray hung incongruous on late-winter's bough, and tied a festive bow of mul ...

Songs of the Thieves Who Hung On Either Side
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Maryhelen Snyder The first thief and the second. The first thief For years the energy of my body came to m ...

Archbishop Romero's Alb Speaks
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 10:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Anne Reese Alb: A white liturgical tunic worn as prayer for a heart protected from all stain and washed in the Blood of the Lamb. ...

Watching
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Hoffman Because I lay on my back as a boy in the grass of the small yard behind our house watching clouds move and become faces, m ...