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Issue 56

A conversation with Mary Karr; Gregory Wolfe on “the ambivalence about beauty at the heart of western culture”; Ruth Weisberg’s “vessels of light”; and E.K. Kresser on Chinese-American painter Zhi Lin’s monumental canvases. Plus, poems by B.H. Fairchild, Fr. Murray Bodo, Rachel Dacus, and Judith Ortiz Cofer; fiction by Lynda Sexson; and more.

a table lined with candles in small glasses in the dark of a cathedral.

Sandalwood


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a deer in tall grass, looking at the camera

Charity


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image of the shape of a window falling onto a green wall by a staircase from the sun.

Four Prayers


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silhouette of a woman's face in a warmly lit room.

Understanding Fiction


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A Conversation with Mary Karr


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Sally, Lucky, Ghost, and Spot


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Zhi Lin: A New Old Master


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close up image of old wooden chairs lined against tables

Trilogy


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close up of pale slightly blurry green leaves, they look soft and feathery

Hopkins’ Late Poetics: The Christ-saturated Thing Itself


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a large lacy and green bough with small leaves partially lit by sun in front of a dark green forest underbelly.

Flying Letters


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image of a white lamp and a box of kleenex in front of a bluish mint green wall. the image is slightly tilted.

First Year


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image of a white door in a pale bluish green room opening to another room that is in shadows, the windows drawn.

For a Day of Silence


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A Web Exclusive Interview with Paul Mariani


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water that is in waving lines, blue and green and lit by sun over a bed of stones.

We Become the Monkey Girl


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a plaster house with a yellow painted wooden door sits behind a tree with draping green foliage. the image is light and warm.

The Aging María


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The Vessel and the Light: Ruth Weisberg Reads the Torah


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Painting of a Girl sitting in front of a sewing machine facing a window that lets in slats of light on the girl and the burnt orange walls.

Sewing Box


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The Wound of Beauty


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