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Issue 32


After the events of September 11, 2001, Image asked a number of writers to send reflections on that day and its aftermath. Some writers responded with poems and meditations, some with laments and even howls. Others wrote about the role of art in the wake of calamity. And still others wrote to say that they were not ready to write anything at all yet. In a sense, all of these contributions constitute an exercise in theodicy—the form of writing that seeks, in Milton’s words, to “justify the ways of God to man.” Theodicy is not a particularly popular literary form these days; it’s a task that the best writers undertake with fear and trembling, but as these contributors demonstrate, it can accommodate an astonishing variety of tones and approaches.

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Gregory Wolfe, Falling Towers


Melanie Rae Thon, The Liberating Visions (and Futile Flight) of Melanie Little Crow
Valerie Sayers, My First Execution


Jeanine Hathaway, Three Poems

9/11: Psalms & Lamentations

Andrew Hudgins
Kelly Le Fave
Ben Birnbaum
Mark Jarman
Rodger Kamenetz
Eugene Peterson
Scott Cairns
Kate Daniels
Bo Caldwell
Annie Dillard
William Griffin
Jeanne Murray Walker
James Calvin Schaap
Eric Pankey
Emilie Griffin
Dan Wakefield
Hwee Hwee Tan
Diane Glancy
Makoto Fujimura
Daniel Tobin
Paul Mariani
Peggy Rosenthal
Gregory Martin
Clyde Edgerton


A Conversation with Stanley Hauerwas

Visual Art

Alfonse Borysewicz, Naked Grace


Hugh Cook, Miss Morley’s Parrot: Reflections on Religion, Immigration, and Writing

Book Review

Robert Royal on George Steiner’s Grammars of Creation
Ralph C. Wood on Frank Burch Brown’s Good Taste, Bad Taste, and Christian Taste,
Jeremy Begbie’s Voicing Creation’s Praise,
and William A. Dyrness’s Visual Faith

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Weight .75 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 7 × .5 in

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