Psaltery & Lyre

No One Can Move Me the Way that You Do,

belts out Cyndi Lauper, but it could’ve just as easily / been Saint Teresa of Avila crooning for Jesus: / nothing replaces the feeling between me and you.

2020 Orison Anthology Nominees

Congratulations to all of our nominees!

Last Rites

Lord, bless the undertaker who makes the news / for burying the Boston Marathon bomber / when no one else will

2020 Best of the Net Nominees

Congratulations to all of our Best of the Net 2020 nominees!


a gallery opens, / a mural of trees rust and russet

Book Review: Candescent, by Linda Parsons

This is no self-pitying record of defeat, but a book of rebirth and restoration, a fact suggested by several poems’ titles: “O Forgiveness,” “Therapy Dog,” “The Art of Meditation,” “Battered Victory,” “Stand Up,” “As I Meditate,” “Learning to Glide,” and “Inner Work.” It is a book of candescent triumph.

Lessons about Light

I want to lasso the sun and drag it down / to my deathbed. A lament become / a lantern.

Book Review: In Bloom, by Esteban Rodriguez

Rodríguez looks and looks again at childhood, family, religion, and the Colonias of South Texas. Amidst the unincorporated residential areas along the US/Mexico border, these poems take root, rise up, and open their mouths to speak about what is found there.

The 200 Pagan Students of St. Cassian of Imola

And what did they write with their iron styli, / what complaints carve into his scholar skin

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