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Issue 63

Gregory Wolfe writes about Saint Irenaeus of Lyons and how “we are all thirty seconds away from salvation”; James MacMillans argues that sacred music still matters; and Gordon Fuglie explores Guy Kinnear’s paintings of men “on the verge.” Plus, in Nicole Miller’s fiction we find ourselves in the ruins of a church, desperately; and Santiago Ramos writes all about cinematic superheroes. With poems by Robert Cording, Nancy Willard, and Carrie Jerrell; and more.

close up side view of a record player, grainy image, black and white.

A Private Letter


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close up image of several leaves and the stem of a eucalyptus plant, set against a black background, with a faint intimation of another eucalyptus sprig near the bottom in blurry faint color.

Music


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Reading George Herbert


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image of a woman in a green dress running away from the viewer in a snowstorm. she is partially under a dark awning, behind her, her footprints make tracks in the new snow.

The Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help


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image of a wide open road in a flat deserted area with dark bushes low to the ground flanking either side of the path, under a wide open sky.

In Between


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dark ground wet from rain with a gold reflection glimmering on the surface.

Ian’s Angels


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Why Sacred Music Endures


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Guy Kinnear: Male Call


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painting by edward hopper of a woman in a green coat with a large droopy yellow hat sitting alone at a table with a cup of coffee. behind her a large window is dark from the nighttime and reflects the row of lights from inside the cafe.

Automat


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shot of the floor of a hospital hallway streaked with light.

Peace Like a River


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Window


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A Conversation with Tim Gautreaux


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image an empty sink and the counter with a dish rack on the side of it shot through a window - the reflection of trees glimmers atop the window.

The Jewel


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image looking down upon a cluster of small leafy branches with a copperhead snake body visible between some of the leaves.

In an Indiana County Thick with Copperheads


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The Superhero and His People


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image of a woman and her shadow climbing upward a stone spiral staircase in a tower.

The Fire Tower


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Skin Boat


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Thirty Seconds Away


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The House that Agnes Martin Built


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blurry image of rim light around faces at a concert, two people turned toward each other. way in front of them, you can see a stage with lights and blurred heads of people, dark except for the warm light in the darkness on their edges.

Young-Adult Fiction Comes of Age


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image of an old woman in a big jacket and a woolen cap on her head, turned away from the camera, walking down an old cobblestone street. to her left side is a line of trees, to her right a streak of old houses. fog smears the whole image.

Scottie


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Rogue Madonna


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Web Exclusive: A Conversation with John Terpstra


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Lives of the Minor Prophets


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