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A Conversation with Alicia Ostriker

By Mary Kenagy Mitchell Interview

Image issue #98 includes poems by critic, activist, and biblical scholar Alicia Ostriker, winner of the Jewish National Book Award and many others. She has said, “Composing an essay, a review or a piece of literary criticism, I know more or less what I am doing and what I want to say. When I write…

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Making Things Up

By Ron Hansen Essay

IN ONE OF HIS MONOLOGUES about the fictional Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon on the Prairie Home Companion radio show, Garrison Keillor relates: It’s a good time, winter, for all of us. It’s a time when all the things that we’ve been postponing for months can now be put off for a good while longer.…

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Sandals on the Ground:
My Pilgrimage with the Sonnet

By Jeanne Murray Walker Essay

ONE RADIANT FALL MORNING about eight years ago, I needed to revise some poems before I sent them to editors. I approached my desk armed with questions I ask my students: Is the language alive? Check out the metaphor. Does the poem make an argument or take the reader on a journey? I am a…

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What the Polisher Sees:
The Art of James Tughan

By Samuel Martin Essay

DEAR JAMES: If you ever wondered who burned out the motor on the art department’s jigsaw, it was me. I hope you weren’t forced to pay for that. You’ve paid too much for the sins of others. I was using the jigsaw to cut up the triptych I’d made for my final undergrad art show.…

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A Head like Two Heads:
The Paintings of Shai Azouly

By Abraham Storer Essay

PAINTER SHAI AZOULAY recently moved into a new studio in Jerusalem, a city where he has lived and worked throughout his artistic career. His studio, however, is far from the domed sacred spaces and stony streets associated with the Holy City. I took a meandering bus to the western edge of town to visit his…

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A Conversation with Amit Majmudar

By Jane Zwart Interview

Amit Majmudar, a poet and novelist, once called himself “the servant of two masters,” and indeed, he has published both verse and fiction to critical acclaim. The Poetry Society of America selected his collection 0˚, 0˚, published in 2009, as a finalist for the Norma Faber First Book Award, and A.E. Stallings awarded his second…

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The Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas

By Douglas Luman Poetry

When the floor collapses, it’s time to make an act of faith.                                    Dominique de Menil Saint Gregory said the body is just an ill-proportioned building. It is unwelcoming: a windowed room with a wood table and fluorescent lighting. A poverty of meaning in doors and feasts; they are merely nonverbal expressions for what…

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Kneses Tifereth Israel Synagogue, Port Chester, New York

By Douglas Luman Poetry

What is the difference in weight between two stones. One drowns you, the other is a trifling inconvenience. Any discrepancy measures roughly the width of a tongue. Who deserves even a dram of such mercy if every promise is a mistake in translation. For example, say sin, and everyone’s interpretations vary greatly. But, I remain…

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