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    at betty's


    the comforter

    fear the turtle


    hymn 236

    letting go

    unless and until

    william at forty


    curling (lekshe)

    footnotes (dale)

    hotel (patry)

    leturn (shai)

    morning drive (tom)

    st. luke's (steve)

    thank you (sage)



    they move


    amazon, amazon!



    my kite


    the story of my birth

    wings, boats, asses


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"Read quietly, slowly, word for word to enter into the subject more with the heart than the mind..." -- Jean-Pierre de Caussade (from his letters)

"The book, in short, is not meant for a rapid half-hour read-through from cover to cover in one sitting. Such is the temptation for a world gone mad for speed and instant comprehension. ... Some things, like seeds and plants (and psychic insight), need a slower pace of nurturing and unfolding." -- John Anthony McGuckin, The Book of Mystical Chapters

"A speed reader has to assume that all reading matter is equal. He exercises his eyes rather than his judgment." -- Robert J. Ray and Ann Ray, The Art of Reading: A Handbook on Writing

"As I read through 250 of Basho's haiku as chosen by translator Sam Hamill for Narrow Road to the Interior, I began to realize why I like haibun and haiga. Simply put, they isolate a haiku from other haiku. And, to be most effective, I think I haiku must stand alone. Read as a group, they tend to lose their effectiveness. In fact, I think the perfect way to present haiku might be as a screensaver, when a single haiku would show up for a whole day, allowing the reader enough time to really meditate on what has been said." -- Loren Webster (Reviewer) at http://www.lorenwebster.net/In_a_Dark_Time/

"The purpose of a book of meditations is to teach you how to think and not to do your thinking for you. Consequently if you pick up such a book and simply read it through, you are wasting your time. As soon as any thought stimulates your mind or your heart you can put the book down because your meditation has begun." - Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

"For the joy of coming upon a passage for yourself, of discovering it, of being discovered to yourself by it, perhaps of setting it down in a notebook of quotations that you would go back to again and again, or at least of marking it in the margin, of stopping and dwelling upon it -- there is something here that is its own reward." -- Douglas V. Steere, Prayer and Worship

"Reading often means gathering information, acquiring new insight and knowledge, and mastering a new field. It can lead us to degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Spiritual reading, however, is different. It means not simply reading about spiritual things but also reading about spiritual things in a spiritual way. That requires a willingness not just to read but to be read, not just to master but to be mastered by words." -- Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey

"At specified times, room should be made for specific reading, for the casual and random reading of whatever comes to hand is not constructive. On the contrary it upsets the mind. And whatever finds an easy entrance to the mind is as easily lost. It is better to spend a good deal of time with particular authors and so let your mind get used to them." -- William of St. Thierry, Golden Epistle

"It takes time for us to become attuned to the subtle rhythms of a particular writing; the more we can slow down our reading, the more likely it is that we will catch sight of something unexpected." -- Michael Casey, Sacred Reading

"'[A] computer, I am told ... will help you write faster, easier, and more. ... Do I, then, want to write faster, easier, and more?' he asks. 'No. My standards are not speed, ease, and quantity. I have already left behind too much evidence that ... I have written too fast, too easily, and too much.' He writes elsewhere: 'Going off to the woods I take a pencil and some paper ... and I am as well equipped for my work as the president of IBM.'" --Wendell Berry, quoted in Grist Magazine at http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2004/08/05/engler-berry/

"Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly." -- Anne Stevenson





short & slow



Box Elder
The Cassandra Pages
Clumps and Voids
Coyote Mercury
Crack Skull Bob
Creature of the Shade
Couch Trip
Dialogues with Silence
Dick Jones's Patteran Pages
Every Day and Every Night

Everything Feeds Process

Feathers of Hope
Fifty-Two: Weekly Poems
Finding Time for God
Fragments from Floyd
Fr. Scott & Co. Ask Some New Qs
Heraclitean Fire

Hoarded Ordinaries
Idiot Dreams
In a Dark Time
Inner Light, Radiant Life
Iron Monkey
Ivy Is Here
Listening After Dark
Marcia Bonta
The Middlewesterner
My Gorgeous Somewhere
Not Native Fruit
On the Slow Train
Open Reading
Paula's House of Toast
(p) (b)
Planting Words
The Rain in My Purse
Sage Said So
Shadow Cabinet
Shadows and Symbols
Simply Wait
Spring in the Road
Stony Moss
Tasting Rhubarb
3rd House Journal
The Truth about Lies
Two Dishes but to One Table
Velveteen Rabbi
Verbal Privilege
Very Like a Whale
Via Negativa
Voice Alpha
Walking with Celebi
Whale Sound
WMC Is Now Here