Friday, June 2, 2023

<b>The Stations of the Cross</b>

The Stations of the Cross

March 23, 2017

James Matthew Wilson and Daniel Mitsui

In this fourteen-part cycle, Wilson meditates on the mystery of the Cross and the way that leads to it. As the cycle unfolds, mundane time is caught up in the divine economy and drawn, step by step, to the summit of "Skull Hill". Paired with each poem is a beautiful, hand-drawn Station by artist Daniel Mitsui, whose work is a faithful participation in the tradition of Christian iconography as a sacred discipline and an act of prayer, in a revivified Western idiom. It is an honor to present the work of these two contemporary practitioners of classical arts alongside each other.

<b>Concert at Sunrise House</b>

Concert at Sunrise House

May 2, 2016

Len Krisak

The men and women who came of age during the 1930s and 1940s — if they survived them — lived through some of the most spectacular and cataclysmic upheavals that human history has known. In this new poem, Len Krisak offers us a glimpse of their sunset years, a quiet tribute tinged with aching at the passage of time, the changing of the guard, and the frailty of the bond that joins the generations.

<b>What’s become of the peanut-eyed snowman?</b>

What’s become of the peanut-eyed snowman?

August 9, 2015

Alessio Zanelli

The sights, textures, scents and sounds of the world we encounter as children become parts of us, pegs on which memories are hung for a while – before they quietly fade and are lost. In this poem, at a familiar schoolyard after a lifetime away, they surface once more...



July 15, 2015

Sir Henry James Sumner Maine

Today, Sir Henry is remembered as one of the nineteenth century's most important legal historians: his conception of contractual association as the distinguishing mark of Modernity remains an instructive lens through which to reflect on who we are and where we come from. But, at least in his undergraduate days at Pembroke College, Cambridge, he also proved himself to be both a poet and a Platonist of sorts; and one result was this tribute to the Master, which he submitted in 1843 in an (alas, unsuccessful) bid for the Chancellor's English Medal.

<b>Calamity Again</b>

Calamity Again

June 7, 2015

Taras Shevchenko

The Ukrainians' ongoing struggle to save their troubled, post-Soviet civil society and to defend their sovereign land against Russian aggression has deep roots: although possessed of a national identity for centuries, they have enjoyed only few and fleeting periods of independence. In this brief but poignant poem, one of their greatest bards gives voice to his grief at yet another outbreak of violence in his beloved homeland.

Motel Mary Poppins

Motel Mary Poppins

October 31, 2014

Br. Benedict Joseph of the Cross

In More Tramps Abroad, Mark Twain wrote, “Every man is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” For some, when an average weekend’s relative liberties do not suffice, Halloween is the perfect time to let the mask fall precisely by donning one. But in this poem All Hallows’ Eve is the occasion for a rather different kind of transfiguration.



January 26, 2010

Jeffrey Bilbro
A parody of Allen Ginsberg's Howl. In "Whisper" Mr. Bilbro breaks down some of the feelings of and about Generation ME. A thought-provoking piece that should be required reading in all freshman English classes.
Following the Ancients

Following the Ancients

October 29, 2009

Pamela Pignataro
The world did not start when you were born, so let the paths of the ancients lead you through your life.
Ode to a Cemetery on All Souls Day

Ode to a Cemetery on All Souls Day

October 29, 2009

Kenneth DiMaggio Halloween Was for the rest of America...
Destroyed Vintage

Destroyed Vintage

October 22, 2009

Sam Pierstorff


Satire at its best. This poem takes on the mannequin at your local mall and the corporation that tells him what to wear.