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Shangyang Fang
Poetry

Shangyang Fang – Chaconne

Fang’s beautiful and complex poem addresses the questions of sin and redemption against the background of a young monk entering a monastery.

INTERVIEWS

photography of leafless tree surrounded by snow

Pandemic Snow

BY JONATHAN H. MARKS
A few years ago, when I was on an international fellowship in Geneva, some friends asked me to go to the mountains for the afternoon.

Flow

BY JESSE CURRAN
For the first mile, I replay last night. New Year’s Eve. We’re celebrating from our separate living rooms…

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MICRO GALLERY

Owen Brown – Emerging

Owen Brown’s paintings slide between representation and abstraction as he explores everything from the snow shades of Minnesota winters to his son’s cancer treatment.

On Being Plan B

BY ELIZABETH BLUE
The car that had been broken into wasn’t mine. It wasn’t his, either. Technically it belonged to his girlfriend – his primary partner of fifteen years.

The River Cabin

BY CAITE MCNEIL
Making the decision to move back to Maine wasn’t easy for a mother who wanted her daughter to love her home as much as she does.

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FEATURED AUTHORS AND POETS

BOOK EXCERPTS

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POPULAR READS

Zen Tree

FROM THE ZEN GARDEN

The Great, Generous Laugh

Susan Murphy’s book, The Red Thread, addresses the guts and gore of the flesh-and-blood humans who sustain spiritual practice in the midst of desire, mortality and heartbreak.

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Silent Illumination

Guo Gu’s Guide to Silent Illumination

The core of Chan meditation is the concrete experience of being in the present moment, not holding on to any mental concept or idea about oneself or one’s activity

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Running With Life: Alan Watts on Freedom and Poverty

Alan Watts unpacks the imperative not to hold on to things, but to adopt a kind of psychological poverty—or simplicity— in which the mind is clear and unfettered in a way that allows it the space for true spontaneity.

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Welcome to The Dewdrop! This little journal is a digest of reflective and powerful writing focused on reading, writing and being. Scroll on for poetry, essays, book excerpts and classic texts.

Featured Poetry

Jenna Wysong Filbrun – Church

Jenna Wysong Filbrun’s Church is an ode to nature, life, and belonging in a time of spiritual upheaval, an ode to the wilderness, which was humanity’s first place of worship.

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All About Love

On Being Plan B

BY ELIZABETH BLUE
The car that had been broken into wasn’t mine. It wasn’t his, either. Technically it belonged to his girlfriend – his primary partner of fifteen years.

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Micro Gallery

Owen Brown – Emerging

Owen Brown’s paintings slide between representation and abstraction as he explores everything from the snow shades of Minnesota winters to his son’s cancer treatment.

Read More »
photography of leafless tree surrounded by snow
Way-Seeking Mind

Pandemic Snow

BY JONATHAN H. MARKS
A few years ago, when I was on an international fellowship in Geneva, some friends asked me to go to the mountains for the afternoon.

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Featured Poetry

Cristina Legarda – Mary

Poet Cristina Legarda’s tender poem “Mary” is written from the viewpoint of the mother of Jesus Christ, as she looks back with a heart full of love and sadness at moments with her divine child.

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All About Love

The River Cabin

BY CAITE MCNEIL
Making the decision to move back to Maine wasn’t easy for a mother who wanted her daughter to love her home as much as she does.

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