Connecting through poetry

I recently spoke in my faith community about how poetry connects us to each other and the larger world. If you're interested, listen via this link (starting at minute 35), or read the reflections below.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I…

Bookshelf: Colleges and Road Signs

I’m not inherently fascinated by libraries and bookstores, the way that some people are. Yet, as in the rest of the human environment (parks, city streets, trees, cafes, the workplace), I enjoy exploring and seeing what’s there. Which usually means I walk home with a stack of books. Which usually means…

The world in an altered book

I’ve just finished the altered book I started seven years ago, tearing all the boring parts from an old college writing textbook, and adding in collage and color. God’s Grandeur is a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Jesuit priest in Britain’s Victorian era. Hopkins was known for heavily twisted-together poems of…