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BY May 6, 2017

Witnessing the faint smile of her dying mother, the daughter of Haitian-Creole parents reflects on why she’s been writing about death and grief ever since — and the cathartic edge of the Book of Revelation and C.S. Lewis.

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BY December 8, 2016

Marie Howe reads her poem “Magdelene—The Seven Devils”

At a mass grave on the outskirts of Koreme in Iraqi Kurdistan, a woman mourns her brother and husband. Estimates of 60,000-80,000 people, mostly Kurdish, disappeared or were executed during the 1988 Iraqi Anfal campaign.
BY December 8, 2016

Here again is Alicia Partnoy, this time reading from the work of the Chilean poet Marjorie Agosin, who escaped General…

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
BY December 8, 2016

Christian Wiman reads Mandelstam’s poem “And I was Alive”

Joanna Macy
BY December 8, 2016

Joanna Macy reads Rilke’s poem “God’s True Cloak”

Joanna Macy
BY December 8, 2016

Joanna Macy reads Rilke’s “Dear Darkening Ground”

Joanna Macy
BY December 8, 2016

Joanna Macy reads Rilke’s “Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower”

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
BY December 8, 2016

Christian Wiman reads Bringhurst’s poem “These Poems, She Said”

A young man from Islamabad, Pakistan expresses himself through photography and the poetry of Rumi.
BY December 8, 2016

translation from Discourses of Rumi by Fatemeh Keshavarz Read the poem: To speak the same language is to share the…

A young man from Islamabad, Pakistan expresses himself through photography and the poetry of Rumi.
BY December 8, 2016

translation from Discourses of Rumi by Fatemeh Keshavarz Read the poem: When His light shines — without a veil —…

A young man from Islamabad, Pakistan expresses himself through photography and the poetry of Rumi.
BY December 8, 2016

Read the poem: When I see your face, the stones start spinning! You appear; all studying wanders. I lose my…

The photographer with his 98-year-old father, who lost his short-term memory. As an act of remembering, the son documented his final time with him in "Days with My Father."
BY December 8, 2016

Grief comes to eat without a mouth. —William Matthews 1   Self-Portrait as the Scavenger Gull Here at the quiet limit of…

The photographer with his 98-year-old father, who lost his short-term memory. As an act of remembering, the son documented his final time with him in "Days with My Father."
BY December 8, 2016

By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not….

"Day Three of Creation"
BY December 8, 2016

Wendell Berry reads his poem “Sabbaths – 1985, I”

"Day Three of Creation"
BY December 8, 2016

Wendell Berry reads his poem “Sabbaths – 1979, IV”

BY December 8, 2016

Listen to Wendell Berry read his poem “The Peace of Wild Things”

BY December 8, 2016

The grower of trees, the gardener, the man born to farming, whose hands reach into the ground and sprout, to…

BY December 8, 2016

Sometimes the refuge we need is not an escape, but a safe place to grapple with our hardest questions, and to challenge ourselves to be better.

BY December 7, 2016

As we turn the seasonal corner to the longest nights of the year, a reflection on the time we spend in the darkness, and what we can learn from it before turning back to the light.

BY December 6, 2016

A writer contemplates the hubris at the heart of the American experiment, and the painful but possible path that leads to our nation’s redemption.

BY December 3, 2016

Wise minds grapple with the tensions of faith and community, honor the resilience of a movement, and remember the love of family we often take for granted.

BY December 2, 2016

A white Evangelical Christian, and a Trump supporter, offers a gentle challenge: to put our preconceived notions aside, and understand each other more deeply than what we put on our ballots.

BY December 2, 2016

In our pursuit of justice, we must cling to what illuminates the darkness and keep the pain and indignation that fuel us from hardening to hatred.

BY December 1, 2016

A reflection on reimagining American identity, which may require us to break down our most basic assumptions about the society we live in in uncomfortable ways.

BY November 30, 2016

Even at our most broken and scattered, Mary Oliver seems to say, we can uncover new wholeness by examining each shattered piece.

BY & Joseph Jarvis November 28, 2016

A Jewish rabbi and a Mormon bishop unite their voices in an invitation to unity, and remind us that our diversity in race, religion, and politics is what makes our nation great.

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