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…Read More
We don’t think enough—or at least I don’t—about how objects can contain memory. But Murray Bodo’s poem “Sewing Box” shows us how: in this box in which memory is literally contained. Each of the four stanzas takes us deeper into the box. At first it’s just “the busy / sewing box I’d organize on visits…Read More
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.
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 Kamenetz, Amit Majmudar, Jerzy Ficowski (in translation), and more.Read More
Gregory Wolfe takes on the modern saying, “I’m spiritual but not religious,” flipping it on its head; Robert Clark writes lovingly of director Terence Davies; and Rod Pattenden explores how the art of Emmanuel Garibay is “an artist for our time, when art, politics, religion, and power collide.” With poems by Scott Cairns, Kate Daniels, and Steven Haven; a conversation with poet and playwright Jeanne Murray Walker; fiction by Charles Turner; essays by Judith Rock and Deborah Joy Corey; and more.Read More
Jeanne Murray Walker writes about what playwrights owe to actors; Gregory Wolfe investigates the impact of Fr. Luigi Guissani’s life; and Thomas Lynch redesigns his house a century after his grandfather’s grandfather moved in. With poetry by Linda Hogan and Jason Gray; a conversation with Canadian poet Margaret Avison; Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter under review; and more.Read More
A conversation with author Dan Wakefield; fiction by Robert Olen Butler and Ingrid Hill; and featuring Theodore L. Prescott in art and essay. Plus, poetry John Leax, Martha Serpas, and Davide Rondoni; photographs by David Herwaldt; an essay by Jeanne Murray Walker; and more.Read More
A conversation with Richard Rodriguez; Jeanne Murray Walker explores the work of Alice Munro; and Gregory Wolfe writes about Thomas Kinkade and American sentimentality. With poems by Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Gray Jacobik, and Heather Burns; the paintings of Meltem Aktas; Bo Caldwell in review; and more.Read More
A conversation with Mark Jarman; poetry by Mary Oliver, Jennifer Maier, Jeanne Murray Walker, and Neil Azevedo; and Bret Lott on the diminishing returns of irony. Plus, fiction by R.J. Wiebe and Janice Lee; a profile on Tobi Kahn and the art of Ginger Geyer; and more.Read More
With essays by Hwee Hwee Tan, Denis Donoghue, and Jeanne Murray Walker; a conversation with National Book Award-winner Lloyd Alexander; and the “weirdness of modern faith” as portrayed by Melissa Weinman. Plus, poetry by Margaret Avison, Kelly Le Fave, Catherine Sasanov, and Roger Williams; fiction by David McGlynn; and more.Read More
Editorial statement by Ronald Austin on the secular and religious in film, as well as an essay on violence in film; a short story on orthodoxy and film by Ira Gold; a screenplay adapted from novel “Fluties” by Diane Glancy; snippets of humanity in two poems by Jeanne Murray Walker; and a symposium on films which impact our spirituality in the opinion of Kathleen Norris, Sven Birkets, Edward Asner, and more.Read More