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Psaltery & Lyre

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The Prodigal Son Makes Notes for a Eulogy and Never Mentions the Fatted Calf

I would rather lose him than remember lies. Loss is real and heavy / and as hard to carry and balance as a shuttle of slack coal

“How Do We Sense the Sensational?”

We want bright lights. / We want a voice / of god, or reason, recent studies / / roaring in our heads

Roaming Charges

I am left holding / / a fleeting scent of adornment / and shorn roots, their seep / hushed.

Two Poems

Where lime dissolved / bones, rise limestone walls, / mosaic saints

So much is yet unnamed—

the unnamed letters in the alphabet of atonement; / the bright curve that highlights shadow, and equally / the shadow that shows us the lineaments of light;

2018 Pushcart Prize Nominees

Congratulations to all of our nominees!

Two Poems

some solace when the mice chew through the rafters & open / the sky to our song

I’ve Counted Wild Branches for the Dead

I am fine by daylight. Nighttime / brings the raccoons’ nest / / ripped from its high wedge

An Oral History of the Gods in North America: Leave the Shit Behind

More than ever, the question of religion is a crucial one for our times. The journalist Sarah Smarsh suggests that the political left is finding religion again in the United States. Inspired by her work, I decide to talk to people whose faith motivates their need for social justice.

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