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Poems of the Pandemic

6 mins read

They have closed the schools for three weeks.
The children who are resilient go to their houses
(if they have them) to annoy their parents (if
they have them) because no one has explained that
it is okay for the world to change, that does not
mean it’s ending. We realize that that is

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And She Will Gather Us

8 mins read

Cupping lips with mitted hands to summon us
inside, she offers fresh-baked bread wafting over our clamor,
some of us debating decades-old wounds such as who broke the china Mom left behind, priceless, irreplaceable, some of our hands guiltily empty    because we forgot
promised sides. And there, new neighbors won’t stop laughing
from

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Poetry: Ecological Lament and Dirty Embodiment

1 min read

Well It is barbaric. A hum drowning out the chattering lakeshore. Unwanted penetration and a mechanized din. A tower shining like a false moon through the trees we planted. God, whose Son was stripped and savaged, Feels the lash in a piney corner of nowhere. Clean Surely God cannot be

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My Best Life

3 mins read

This is a poem which imagines the author in multiple past and present lives, particularly as a dachshund in the royal court of Fernando and Isabella. The poem explores the nature of prayer against the backdrop of human atrocity.
Before the first daisy petal of light
And before the rooster’s belated announcement

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The Gun Epidemic

3 mins read

It was very disheartening for me to learn that so-called Christians keep and even carry guns in the USA. In reading about people taking guns to shop in stores, to work, school, and church, one has to wonder why? Fear is a very powerful force but something more insidious has

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Epiphany: War and Death are No Gift from God

1 min read

For tyrants do much for themselvesHerods among the nations that dwell for selfWhen bombs cloud the star that moves and shinesDust and fire skew where the Christ child sighs War and death are no gift from GodEven when they are clothed in god-like garb The wise ones follow the star so

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Beauty in Humanity: A College Student’s Journey

13 mins read

Before I started college, I often heard stories of people losing their faith while in college. It was often the same kind of story: A student is shown the beauty of science which made it difficult to trust in religion. The student’s lived experience of non-religious folk did not match

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Noche UnSerena

5 mins read

“Noche UnSerena” is a sketch inspired by the 2016 arrest of Lawrence Crosby, then a PhD student at Northwestern University. Crosby was falsely accused of stealing his own car, after police received a report from a young woman. This piece takes on her perspective, and imagines her crime as the

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