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Inquiry: Detail

From The Enterprise of Seeing, a manuscript of poems based on the photography of Saul Leiter. Q: Which one is real? Is it that one? That one on the left? That dappled gray with dark mane scraping his hoof to the left of the lightpost? That aging percheron dappling the left and dipping a bridle so low it touches its own looped shadow? And by what criteria do we determine real? By... Read More

Inquiry: The Image

From The Enterprise of Seeing, a manuscript of poems based on the photography of Saul Leiter. Q: When I was younger, we had you in pictures. A book my father kept. In my father’s book you are sitting on a stone talking to Abraham. Your arm is raised and you wear a gown of great folds piled at your feet. This seems to me still true—that we access you through the image. And what... Read More

The Beautiful Creatures: Trees in the Biblical Story

In the beginning, there were no trees. There were no trees, for there was no rain to nourish them and no creature to tend them. In the beginning, there was the Voice. The Voice called the earth to birth the trees. As the Voice called and beckoned, the earth brought forth and the growth began: sap rushed up, limbs stretched, breaking the moist soil, reaching for the warmth of... Read More

The Bridge I Called Home: A Restoration Ministries Recovery and Relocation

Take a moment to consider the value and meaning of your name. With only transitory reflection, you may discover that your name is a multifaceted label with depth, gravity, associations, and significance. You will discover a history. Your name is the symbol that represents you, of course, without ever truly capturing you. It is an identity, and identity has beauty. At the mention... Read More

The Beatific Quest as Faith Formation in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia: Direction, Release, and Integration

Narratives are purposeful and meaningful. When we consider recorded events, even our own lives, I believe we must approach them as narrative. We must envision them as a story, long or short, with a past, present, and future; we must see purpose and meaning or chance mistaking life for a series of random footprints in the sands of time. H. Richard Niebuhr illustrates this function... Read More

That Beauty May Flourish

The last three mornings I’ve watched a rose bush alongside my driveway as dozens of buds have swelled and peeled and burst into a cluster of glorious red. I’m grateful for a wet spring in Atlanta and for God’s gift of the intricate, unfolding, brilliant rose. But sometimes it takes years to gain an appreciation for beauty. Last spring we planned a family trip to the Grand... Read More

Beauty on the Border

As our two pickups struggle through the grass and mud, it is clear that we are the first to pass this way in at least a few days. In the pouring rain the entire road, what Carlos, Plant With Purpose’s Dominican director, calls the international highway, seems like it could wash down the side of the mountain. Rising thirty or forty feet to our right is a tangle of green. Old... Read More

The Habit of Being: A Portrait of Miss Mystery and Manners

Click on the image below, “Portrait of Flannery O’Connor,” to open Laura Lasworth’s exhibit in a resizable browser. In The Other Journal exhibit “Tangled Alphabets,” León Ferrari and Mira Schendel considered language as the focal point of their works. Here, in “The Habit of Being: a Portrait of Miss Mystery and Manners,” the Seattle-based artist Laura... Read More

At the Feet of Giants: An Interview with Gregory Wolfe, Part II

Gregory Wolfe is editor and founder of Image, a quarterly journal that has featured prominent writers, sculptors, painters, and poets for over twenty years. The journal also hosts the Glen Workshop, fellowships for emerging writers, learning trips abroad, and numerous speaking engagements across the country. In Part I of this interview Wolfe discusses beauty, and here in Part... Read More

At the Feet of Giants: An Interview with Gregory Wolfe, Part I

Gregory Wolfe is editor and founder of Image, a quarterly journal that has featured prominent writers, sculptors, painters, and poets for over twenty years. The journal also hosts the Glen Workshop, fellowships for emerging writers, learning trips abroad, and numerous speaking engagements across the country. In Part I of this interview Wolfe discusses beauty, and in Part II... Read More