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Essays, poetry, short stories,
and visual art for the liturgical seasons of Lent and Easter.

Anselm Kiefer. Ash Flower, 1983–97
Oil, emulsion, acrylic paint, clay, ash, earth, and dried sunflower on canvas. 149¾ x 299¼ inches. Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, gift of the Burnett Foundation in honor of Michael Auping

Featured in Issue 77.



Kate Cayley

Ash Wednesday, Unshowered

Anya Krugovoy Silver


John F. Deane

Lenten Complaint

Scott Cairns


Rainer Maria Rilke


Maurice Manning

The Shadow-Cross

Amit Majmudar

S. Billie Mandle. Saint Pancras, 2008–18.
Archival pigment print. 32 x 40 inches.

from “Reconciliation,” Issue 104

Eric Aho. Ice Cut (1937), 2015.
Oil on linen. 74 x 95½ inches.

from Eric Aho’s “In the Studio” feature, issue 110

Georges Rouault. The Crucifixion, 1936.
Aquatint, roulette, and drypoint over heliogravure. 26 ¼ x 20 ½ inches. Collection of Robert and Sandra Bowden.

Featured in Issue 67.

Short Stories


Lindsey Griffin

Give Dust a Tongue

John F. Deane

Jeffrey Mongrain. Blood Pool, 2006.
Plexiglas. 47 x 88 x ¼ inches. Saint Peter’s Church, Columbia, South Carolina.

Read more in Gordon Fuglie’s essay, “Jeffrey Mongrain: An Iconography of Eloquence.”

Personal Reflections from Good Letters

A Writer’s Lent

Brian Volck

Poetry in a Season of Lament

Sarah Arthur, Dick Allen, and Amit Majmudar

Spiritus Mundi

Ann Conway

Marc Quinn. Eternal Spring (Lilies) I, 1998.
Stainless steel, glass, frozen silicon, lilies, and refrigeration equipment. 87 x 35 x 35 inches.

Featured in Issue 69.

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