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Of Bones and Bearings: A Review of Delicate Machinery Suspended

Anne Doe Overstreet. Delicate Machinery Suspended. Ossining, NY: T. S. Poetry, 2011.   Anne Overstreet writes poems that mirror their creator: they are honest, intelligent, probing, and understated. Her expansive curiosity and finely tuned ear combine to great effect in this debut collection, Delicate Machinery Suspended. Overstreet shapes her volume into semiautobiographical quartets that point toward profound insights—some hidden, awaiting discovery.  From the first... Read More

Do Not be Afraid: A Meditation on Matthew 1:18–25

“Tell me the story of when I was born.” This is a request that my adult son Evan invariably makes of me whenever we get together: “Tell me the story of when I was born,” he always says. And so I go through the whole story—the town and the house where we lived before his birth, the day or two leading up to that moment, and then the day of the birth. I tell him of the drive to the hospital, the helpful and not-so-helpful hospital staff, the length of my labor, the thoughts... Read More

O God, Where Art Thou? A Review of A Serious Man

In the song “Placebo Headwound,” from the Flaming Lips 1995 album Clouds Taste Metallic, Wayne Coyne sings, “If God hears all my questions / how come there’s never an answer?” This question seemed so subversive that I felt compelled to hide the record from my parents. Yet perhaps my fears were unwarranted, because by the time they were teenagers in the early ‘60s, the modernist grip on culture had all but disintegrated; theirs was already a culture of postmodern... 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 II he continues this discussion, riffing on the history of the journal and the importance of sleeping... 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 he continues this discussion, riffing on the history of the journal and the importance of sleeping... Read More

Partaking in the Holy Mysteries: An Interview with Scott Cairns, Part II

Scott Cairns is a poet whose work connects past and present, whose journey evokes faith and mystery. His most recent poetry collections are Love’s Immensity, which consists of translations and poetry inspired by early Christian mystics, and Compass of Affection. And his recent memoir, Short Trip to the Edge, describes his move from an Baptist upbringing in Tacoma, Washington, to the Eastern Orthodox Church. In Part I of this interview, Cairns discusses the beckoning, wooing... Read More

Partaking in the Holy Mysteries: An Interview with Scott Cairns, Part I

Scott Cairns is a poet whose work connects past and present, whose journey evokes faith and mystery. His most recent poetry collections are Love’s Immensity, which consist of translations and poetry inspired by early Christian mystics, and Compass of Affection. And his recent memoir, Short Trip to the Edge, describes his move from a Baptist upbringing in Tacoma, Washington, to the Eastern Orthodox Church. In Part I of this interview, Cairns discusses the beckoning, wooing... Read More

Mystery and Mayhem: Reading Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita While Dating an Atheist in Seattle

The first time I read The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, I was too swept away with its hot-blooded madness to grasp what the deuce Bulgakov intended with his novel. When I returned for a second reading, my pietistic judgments of the violence and debauchery obscured the experience. But the book was a gift from a close friend whose mind I admired, and my third attempt resurrected the novel for me when I, in the heat of the late summer of 2007, finished reading it in the... Read More