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A Conversation with Jeanne Murray Walker

By Luci Shaw Interview

 Jeanne Murray Walker is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently A Deed to the Light (University of Illinois Press) and New Tracks, Night Falling (Eerdmans). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century, American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, Image, and Best American Poetry. She is also an accomplished playwright, whose scripts have been performed in theaters…

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Jeanne Murray Walker

After Jeanne Murray Walker earned a Ph.D. in English, she returned to writing poetry and published five volumes, including Nailing Up the Home Sweet Home, Coming into History, and Gaining Time. Jeanne’s poetry appears in periodicals such as Image, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Nation, The Georgia Review, and The Christian Century. She has received…

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Poetry Friday: “In the Beginning Was the Word”

By Jeanne Murray WalkerMay 20, 2016

I can’t begin to count the number of poems which offer their language to re-imagining the Genesis creation story—maybe because poetry itself is an act of creation.  Jeanne Murray Walker’s creation narrative “In the Beginning Was the Word” (Image issue 85) plays exuberantly with language, as if in imitation of God’s exuberance in creating our…

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Issue 85

$12.00Add to cart $10 Digital Issue Issue 85 It is difficult to find a language in which faith and science can speak to each other. For some, faith and science are competing systems of thought, and an intellectually responsible person must make a choice between them, especially when it comes to questions about the origins…

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Poetry Friday: “Sister Storm”

By Jeanne Murray WalkerJanuary 20, 2017

I love the drama of this poem. Its title recalls St. Francis’s “Canticle of Brother Sun,” where Francis praises God through “Sister Moon,” “Brother Fire,” “Sister Water,” and so on. Jeanne Murray Walker’s Sister Storm, however, is violent and destructive—definitely not, in the poet’s view, an element through which to praise God. The poet talks…

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Interviews

Interviews in Image Interview from the Current Issue Linford Detweiler Interviewed by Joe Henry Interviews from the Archive Joy Kogawa Interviewed by Arthur Boers Marilyn Nelson Interviewed by Jeanne Murray Walker Barbara Brown Taylor Interviewed by Isaac Anderson Lauren F. Winner Interviewed by Mary Kenagy Mitchell David Adams Richards Interviewed by Mary Kenagy Mitchell Margaret Gibson Interviewed by Edward A.…

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Poetry Friday: “God Reads the Poem of the World with Interest”

By Jeanne Murray WalkerMarch 16, 2018

How to image good and evil? It’s hard to do in a way that astounds us afresh with how they penetrate every aspect of our lives. Yet Jeanne Murray Walker manages to do this in “God Reads the Poem of the World with Interest.” Evil is terrifyingly concrete: men setting a boy’s mother on fire…

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Poetry Friday: “The Music before the Music”

By Jeanne Murray WalkerJanuary 19, 2018

It is often hard to find the language to describe the sounds and impact of a piece of music. In “The Music before the Music” we encounter horns that “plow and plant Beethoven’s/great fields,” “the brash cymbal,” “the wigged-out chug of a bass viol.” In this loud and layered poem, Jeanne Murray Walker uses precisely…

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Discipline

By Jeanne Murray Walker Essay

The Word-Soaked World Troubling the Lexicon of Art and Faith Since 1989, Image has hosted a conversation at the nexus of art and faith among writers and artists in all forms. As the conversation has evolved, certain words have cropped up again and again: Beauty. Mystery. Presence. For this issue, we invited a handful of…

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Issue 98

Image issue #98’s cover features the work of Israeli painter Shai Azoulay, a playful mystic; this painting is from a series in which he imagines himself making art out of the scraps left behind on Matisse’s studio floor.

Lauren Winner constructs an abecedary of art and truth. Jeanne Murray Walker on how rediscovering the sonnet allowed reinvigorated her after a sudden poetic dry spell. James K.A. Smith argues that the human attraction to ritual is so deep that it even persists in apparently secular fiction. And Ron Hansen gets to grips with why we’re so drawn to stories.

Fiction by Cyan James reveals what goes on behind the scenes at the vet’s office, and Jennifer Anne Moses on the complications of marrying up.

Also: Jane Zwart’s interview with Amit Majmudar on “neureligion,” polytheistic extremism, and the atomization of God. And Sam Martin’s letter to his former art teacher, painter James Tughan.

Also inside are Alicia Ostriker’s poems on the Shining Book, heaven as cocktail party, and the kind of immigrants we all are (read our web exclusive interview here). Plus more poems by Rodger KamenetzAmit MajmudarJerzy Ficowski (in translation), and more.

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