February 3, 2024

“Pollock” by Patti Smith

Pollock Hail the surface of his speech Hail the spirit whom he greets Hail the dance the cryptic air Hail the heart the holy hare Hail the hawk the nursing foal Hail the tarred and… Continue Reading

January 19, 2024

“Winter Love” by Linda Gregg

Winter Love I would like to decorate this silence,but my house grows only cleanerand more plain. The glass chimes I hungover the register ring a littlewhen the heat goes on.I waited too long to drink… Continue Reading

January 12, 2024

“First Snow, Kerhonkson” by Diane de Prima

First Snow, Kerhonkson for Alan This, then, is the gift the world has given me(you have given me)softly the snowcupped in hollowslying on the surface of the pondmatching my long white candleswhich stand at the… Continue Reading

January 12, 2024

“Last Snow” by Heid E. Erdrich

Last Snow Dumped wet and momentary on a dull groundthat’s been clear but clearly sleeping, for days.Last snow melts as it falls, piles up slush, runs in first lightmaking a music in the streets we… Continue Reading

January 6, 2024

“Indigenous Elvis at the Airport” by Heid E. Erdrich

Indigenous Elvis at the Airport Indigenous Elvis works security:Chief Joseph hair, blue-black and pomped,turquoise and shell dangling from one ear,silver chunks of rings on every bronze knuckle. Indigenous Elvis works security:X-ray glances at your backpacks,laptops,… Continue Reading

December 8, 2023

“McDonald’s Psalms” by Madeline Jupard

Madeline Jupard was born under the expansive skies of the Utah desert. Her work is a meditation on the American landscape, capturing the sense of transience and lonely observation that comes from a life spent… Continue Reading

October 13, 2023

“Autumn” by Emily Dickinson

"Autumn" The morns are meeker than they were,The nuts are getting brown;The berry’s cheek is plumper,The rose is out of town. The maple wears a gayer scarf,The field a scarlet gown.Lest I should be old-fashioned,I’ll… Continue Reading

October 6, 2023

“Autumn song / Chanson d’automne” by Paul Verlaine

"Autumn song" When a sighing beginsIn the violinsOf the autumn-song,My heart is drownedIn the slow soundLanguorous and long Pale as with pain,Breath fails me whenThe hours toll deep.My thoughts recoverThe days that are over,And I… Continue Reading

August 18, 2023

The Vatican Film List: 15 Best Movies about Religion

The Vatican Film List: 15 Best Movies about Religion Andrei Rublev — Andrei Tarkovsky (1969, USSR) The Mission — Roland Joffé (1986, UK) La passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc) —… Continue Reading

July 28, 2023

“The white moon / La lune blanche” by Paul Verlaine

"The white moon" The white moonShines in the wood;From every branchThere comes a voiceBeneath the arbor ... O my love. The pond reflects,Like a shimmering mirror,The silhouetteOf the black willowWhere the wind laments ... Let… Continue Reading