“Editor’s Note: If I had to sum up today’s poem in one word it would be “powerful.” With this piece Kristin George Bagdanov takes on the heavy and the deep; without fear, without apprehension. “Trust me,” she tells us bluntly, “you will / always be alone.” We can love, but “We will always be separate in time, / the distance between our bodies in bed / the distance between your death and mine.” From its biblical entry—as captivating as the origin story it evokes—to its repeated waves of brutal honesty, today’s entry is as well-wrought as the human body in all its striking, singular existence.”
Head on over to the Colorado Review to read my review
of Christina Pugh’s stunning new collection.
“I’m asking you to mouth my / language like a song”
Thoughts on the anxieties of finding (or not finding) a church from a nomadic twenty-something (ie: me).
Patricia Clark’s fourth collection of poetry, Sunday Rising, alternates between these skyward and groundward gazes to show us where they meet, and how, in fact, they are the same wonder-filled and bewildered perspective, that light “enter[s] the river with the same / intensity of burning / we see in life at its peak, / or life with the flame / threatening to go out.”
Read more of my review of Patricia Clark’s 4th poetry collection at the Colorado Review.
As Fundraising Director for Ruminate Magazine, I’d like to invite you to view (and bid on!) the 45 pieces of 7×7 inch artwork in our Jubilee online art auction. The auction will close September 14, 2013 at 8pm, during the Jubilee Dinner celebration in Fort Collins.
I’ve spent this summer talking to amazing artists–many of whom are past Ruminate contributors–and would like nothing more than for you to also be stunned by their creations, which they made and donated just for this auction.
Contact me with any questions at kristin(at)ruminatemagazine(dot)com.
Where is the line between witness and voyeur? And as people of faith who are
often inundated with this call to “witness”—how can we know when
we’ve crossed the line into voyeurism?
Read about it in my most recent Ruminate post.
Read my most recent Ruminate blog post about my conversion experience with author Jane Austen’s work.
Check out my interview with Susanna Childress over at the Colorado Review’s Editor’s Blog.
We discuss her seven part poem “The Hyssop Tub” which is featured in the Summer 2011 issue of CR.
My latest for Ruminate Magazine discusses why dirt matters. Give it a read here.
“We rise and fall by dirt. We breathe it, eat it, return to it in death. The ground-up bones, fermented food,
and skin particles—worms and all.”