May 13, 2009 / Creative Writing
I watched Rebel Without a Cause on TV late one college night when I learned …
January 23, 2013
Bronze Woman IV, Thomas Schutte, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
She could no longer hold
her flesh together,
the folds and heft of the commandments
she carried for so long
finally collapsing on themselves.
She lies on her steel slab
like Isaac on the altar.
We cannot help running our hands
over the splayed bronze
of her shoulder and breast.
Beyond her the bridges and towers
of the cold city extend
into their lonely, lawful places.
Her tarnished lips mouth Abba, Father,
gaping in the frost
long after the rest of us have left.
(Front page image courtesy Walker Art Center)
Tania Runyan is the author of A Thousand Vessels, Simple Weight, and Delicious Air, which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including Poetry, Image, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Christian Century, Atlanta Review, Indiana Review, Willow Springs, Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, and the anthology A Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare. She was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2011.