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“Singing Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ in the First Rehearsal,” a poem by Stuart Gunter.

“Singing Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ in the First Rehearsal,” a poem by Stuart Gunter.

Learning to sing the sublime. “We knew the presence of significant things …” To read this feature as a broadside, drag the image to your desktop … or scroll down to read it in plain text. This poem is also available, in slightly different format, on Medium. 0 Singing Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in the First Rehearsal We knew...
"Blue Pearl," an essay by Peter Stine from "Rivals & Players."

“Blue Pearl,” an essay by Peter Stine from “Rivals & Players.”

Anatomy of a Chicago Zen sesshin. “Better to just let the mind settle as best it could into a receptive emptiness …” Blue Pearl Peter Stine   In the evening I stood in front of a large, tidy, wood-framed house on the western edge of downtown Chicago. This was the Zen temple where three days of meditation,...
From Our Pages: “To Fill a Room with ‘Nobody’” — Sara Talpos puts Emily Dickinson and mitochondria under the microscope.

From Our Pages: “To Fill a Room with ‘Nobody’” — Sara Talpos puts Emily Dickinson and mitochondria under the microscope.

“To Fill a Room with ‘Nobody’” Emily Dickinson and mitochondria go under the microscope in this Pushcart-nominated essay from our “Small Things, Partial Cures” issue of 2018.  “Mitochondria, the tiny products of endosymbiosis, made it possible for Emily Dickinson to write over 1,700 poems and for Charles Darwin to climb 4,000 feet into the Andean...
Share This Poem: "His Word in Rural Illinois," by Ellen Stone.

Share This Poem: “His Word in Rural Illinois,” by Ellen Stone.

“… woman’s body like a metal safe —  these flatlands …” Our “Small Things, Partial Cures” theme continues with a remarkable poem by Ellen Stone. You can download and print a full-size broadside by clicking on the first version below — or scroll down to read in plain format. His Word in Rural Illinois By Ellen Stone   Red-winged blackbirds...
From Our Pages:  "Chastity Belt Included," a memoir by Ramsey Hootman.

From Our Pages: “Chastity Belt Included,” a memoir by Ramsey Hootman.

BROAD STREET presents the amazing true tale of a young woman who guarded her virginity “for religious reasons,” only to find herself completely flummoxed on her wedding night.  It was not a matter of technique, nor of sympathy on her husband’s part … Mother Nature had already put a mysterious, painful guard in place.  ...