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Web Exclusive: A Conversation with Steve Prince

By Beth McCoy Interview

The art of Steve Prince is explored in an essay by Beth McCoy in Image issue 78. Prince, a New Orleans native, works primarily in printmaking and drawing. His richly textured images are steeped in religious and visual culture; critic D. Eric Bookhardt characterizes their metaphorical power as “an ability to elucidate inexplicable worlds within…

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Irenology

By Karen An-Hwei Lee Poetry

For the word is living and active …………—Hebrews 4:12 Irene, a girl’s name. Irenology. Studies in peace. How does peace circulate? Open in Ezra and paging to Nehemiah, ——–I contemplate exiles rebuilding temple walls. I thought, is this a form of peace studies? Confess our sins. Our inability to perform ——-a divinely ordained task by…

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Blessed Are Those Who Yearn

By Melissa Range Book Review

Blessed Are Those Who Yearn New Poetry in Review The Glacier’s Wake by Katy Didden (Pleiades Press, 2013) God Loves You by Kathryn Maris (Seren Books UK, 2013) Incarnadine by Mary Szybist (Graywolf Press, 2013)   AT THE END of Paradiso, Dante, after confessing his inability to describe the vision of Love he sees, nonetheless…

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A True Story

By Jennifer Maier Poetry

An old man was dying in the hospital, —-my friend the doctor told me. He was eighty-nine, his whole life a tailor in a shop —-below the room where he was born. He had no one, so a kind aide from Ghana —-sat with him, one hand in his the other holding her sandwich. The…

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When It Was Still Possible to Turn Things Around

By Garret Keizer Poetry

I lived in a time when it was still possible to turn things around, to stopper up hell and stop the ice from melting over the damn. They had stolen everything that wasn’t nailed down, but ecce homo, behold the man— and the beautiful joke was that they had been the very ones who’d nailed…

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When Honor Faced Off Against No Honor

By Garret Keizer Poetry

I lived in a time when honor faced off against no honor, (Are you listening, Your Honors?) when the battle cry of the world was “At least we’re not that!” when adulterers were stoned to death in Tehran and beatified in Manhattan, child brides shorn of their ears and noses for running away to home…

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Of Unicorns

By Garret Keizer Poetry

I lived in a time of unicorns, of pixies, elves, and angels, aromatic healing oils and magic words and maxims so sublimely vacuous one wondered if they might be efficacious after all— if even the devil might be forced to turn his head away from certain motivational posters and puke. Ah, but the Old Boy…

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Transit Alexander: A Round

By Richard Rodriguez Essay

The following is a chapter in Richard Rodriguez’s new memoir, Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography, forthcoming this October from Viking.   GOD formed you of dust from the soil. I was a sort of an afterthought. A wishbone. He blew into our nostrils the breath of life and there we were. You were his Darling Boy…

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March: Saint John the Divine

By Elizabeth Spires Poetry

New York At noon precisely, just as the bells began to ring, the white peacock in the garden of Saint John the Divine spread its glorious tail, making a rippling many-splendored sound, like a sibilant wind rushing through many leaves. The tips of its feathers, shaped like tiny V’s, reminded me of doves descending, the…

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Self-Portrait as a Lighthouse

By Elizabeth Spires Poetry

All his lighthouses are self-portraits…. ————Jo Hopper on Edward Hopper   Darkness. Darkness & a wild crashing & smashing of waves on the rocks below. My light swinging round & round—shining for a split second on shards of rocky coast & a vast oily blackness ready to swallow small craft & large. I preside over…

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