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Issue 91


Featuring the art of renowned African American sculptor Martin Puryear, winner of the National Medal of the Arts, as well as the art space created by Irish American painter Sean Scully at the thousand-year-old chapel of Saint Cecilia in Montserrat, Spain. Fiction by Mika Seifert that imagines life in a dictatorship where ladders and stairs are banned; Swedish fiction writer Torgny Lindgren reimagines the patriarch Joshua as a man of metaphysical hunger; and Marilyn Abildskov story deals with the Mormon practice of baptisms for the dead. In nonfiction: Amye Day Ong’s bittersweet, comic memoir about childhood illness and Christian genre fiction, and Stina Kielsmeier-Cook on her husband’s loss of faith and her own more ambiguous spiritual journey. Becca J.R. Lachman reviews what she calls New Monastic poetry—work by writers who crave community and are finding it in surprising ways. Gregory Wolfe on Scorsese’s Silence. Interview with Michael Gruber, whose literary thrillers have supernatural underpinnings. Plus poems by Adélia Prado, Javier Acosta, Abdellatif Laâbi, and others. Work in translation supported by a grant from the NEA.

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Gregory Wolfe, Listening to Silence


Mika Seifert, The Ladder

Torgny Lindgren, Joshua

Marilyn Abildskov, The Baptism of Sister Arlene Anderson


Luke Johnson, Tom as a Series of Declaratives

Adélia Prado, The Girl and the Fruit
Daughter of the Ancient Law
The Scar
Lamentation to Move Jonathan

Ewa Elzbieta Nowakowska, Merton Listens to the Requiem
Romanian Orthodox Choir
Merton Recites a Mantra

Tadeusz Dabrowski, [I strive to live as if…]
Jam Jars

Greg Miller, Still Life with Fruits and Bread
Resurrection at Cookham

George David Clark, Twenty-Five Years of Fresh Air

Mark Wagenaar, The Trick
Texas Blues

Abdellatif Laâbi, To My Son Yacine

Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Lazarus

Christian Detisch, Elijah in the Desert
Tentatively, Religion

Javier Acosta, Jacob’s Ladder

Visual Arts

Karen L. Mulder, Presence in a Space: The Flickering Contradictions of Martin Puryear

Paul Anel, Gathering the Light: Sean Scully’s Montserrat Chapel


Gregory Wolfe, A Conversation with Michael Gruber


Jessica Goudeau, Dinner with Dona Adélia

Amye Day Ong, Chest Percussions


Stina Kielsmeier-Cook, The Doubt that Breathes Beside You

Book Review

Becca J. R. Lachman, New Monasticism, Old Homesickness: New Poetry in Review
Sarah Green’
s Earth Science
Brad Aaron Modlin’s
Everyone at This Party Has Two Names
Kathryn Nuernberger’s
The End of Pink

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

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