Inside: guest editorial on fear and forgiveness by Emily Bernard; photo essay by Joyce Yu-Jean Leeon New York under quarantine; Devon Abts on national border walls as idols. Plus, Garth Greenwell and James K.A. Smith talk Augustine; an excerpt from Christian Kiefer’s new novel on Rilke; A.E. Stallings on monuments and ruins; and James Chapin on prison literature.
In the Studio
Mojdeh Rezaeipour on process, ritual, and memory: “I would sit in the corner making my own objects with the leftover materials or helping my mother glue things. It was an artistic process, but it was also prayerful.”
From the Stranger in Me to the Stranger in You
Emily Bernard’s guest editorial on education as forgiveness: “I believe we must meet in our brokenness, in the gaps between sentences and paragraphs, between silence and speech. It is from the brokenness that I teach and write. My entire pedagogical philosophy is balanced on my belief in forgiveness.”
The 2021 Glen Workshop
We’re thrilled to announce the 2021 Glen Workshop will be held on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville!
Redeeming the Time
It’s not an accident that art finds us in these moments, or that we find art. Each week as part of our series “Redeeming the Time,” we will publish original essays, poems, and works from our editors and editorial advisors that speak to our current moment.
Home Alone Together
Every week for the next three months, twenty-five artists from around the world will contribute one photograph from a different part of their living spaces. Together, these photographs—whether taken in a kitchen, bedroom, or looking out a window—will articulate a new, collective picture of home in a time of pandemic.
It may have been the first time someone had used the word pornographer to describe me, but it was not the first time I felt the punch of its meaning in reaction to my writing.
Even now, as you sit with the baby asleep in your arms, there are humble farmers amidst those lakes and rivers, their bodies bent close to the soil, and God is with them, the proof of his beating heart present in the summer’s pond lilies and the winter’s great gusts of clean white snow.
The first moment
is this moment,
this one right now.
What times these are.
No one knows what’s happening.
The air is filled with words.
Jessica Treadway spins a tale of rivalry, scandal, and sacrifice in a small-town church community.
The night of my most pain
a new girl came and was put
in the opposite bed.
That was terrorism,
she says. I know evil.
. . . I love her and how do we
How to do it, how hold
what misses the mark
and what hits it
As a child, I would write letters to god, then fold and throw them behind the wardrobe in my room, as if it were some sort of divine void.
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In the midst of a viral pandemic that has shuttered schools and universities, why go on writing essays about the syntactical anomalies of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, or learning when and how to use the French subjunctive tense, when humanity itself is threatened by a massive, though microscopic, enemy?
Churches, synagogues, and other places of worship have had to close at a time when faith and the comfort of community are needed most. But faith finds a way to lift us, even from a distance.
We say flattening fattening smashing the; and do I look sexy (chin’s up, buttercup) in my balaclava? We say what is ZOOM, then we Zoom. We say zoom is malware (but it’s all malware). Check this box if you are not a robot, now do you wanna zoom?