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    fear the turtle


    hymn 236

    letting go

    unless and until

    william at forty


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    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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Rummaging through my parents' attic the night before writing my acknowledgements, I discovered all twenty editions of the seventh-grade newspaper I published. My friends and I circulated five privately run newspapers that year, and I discovered last night that I had the finest contributors of all the papers.

This web site is an updated expression of my childhood dream, and I still love to collect and showcase other people's work I admire. I have the following friends and acquaintances, all of whom I've met online, to thank for allowing me to republish their work here.  (A link attached to a name goes to the writer's blog or their other online page.  A link attached to a poem or other work goes to the slow reads page where that work appears.)

Dave Bonta -- "The Art of Reading," "Why I Love the Old Testament," "Therapy," and an explanation of haibun
Sage Cohen -- "The Art of the Thank-You Note"
Teju Cole --"Slow Reader"
Dale --"Footnotes"
Patry Francis --"Hotel"
Rabbi Shai Gluskin --"'Leturn to Your Loots'" and an explanation of counting the Omer
Lekshe -- "And Suddenly" and "Every Curling Thing"
Leslee -- "Red Umbrella"
Tom Montag -- an installment of his "Morning Drive Journal"
Fiona Robyn - "Conversations with Poems"
Steve -- "Northeast Philadelphia and the Memorial Church of St. Luke"

I am grateful for all of my contributors' generosity. I am also grateful to have associated with some literary-approach-to-spirituality bloggers. All of my contributors are fine examples of such bloggers whether or not they would admit it. My association with them has been as satisfying to me as the golden age of journalism I had enjoyed at Riverside Elementary School a hundred years ago.

The articles "How I Screw Up the Literary Analysis Essay" and "Student Blogging" first appeared in the Journal of the Virginia Writing Project, and I am grateful for its permission to republish them (with a few minor changes) here.

After comprehending the depths of my affinity for his snail photo, Dave Bonta kindly gave me carte blanche to use it on this site.  All other photographs in the site's heading columns are republished here under Creative Commons licenses that permit remixing and republishing with attribution. 

characters -- photo by Daniele Florio

freshman comp -- "Water Drops" by Diana Andreea Margarit

the martin sermons --  photo by Rodger Holtom

the reading arts --  photo by Jasoon

reviews --  photo by Elektra Noelani Fisher

ruminations --  photo by Elektra Noelani Fisher

verse --  photo by Dave Bonta





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