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William Stafford
Poetry

William Stafford’s Last Poem

Written in the morning of the day he died, William Stafford’s last poem rattles with augury gilded by a sense of acceptance.

INTERVIEWS

Flow

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

Leaving

BY MICHELLE NICHOLAYSEN
When I left the Seventh-day Adventists, I thought I could keep the love and forget the wrath.

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MICRO GALLERY

Places I'd Like to Live: Ice Blue Mountains

Dave Sims – Watercolors

Dave Sims’ watercolor paintings are a submission to the chance of creation and a surrender to emptiness.

Garysomething

I Am Not Garysomething

BY SCOTT D. VANDER PLOEG
When a popular TV show killed off its loved professor, a real-life teacher paused to consider the implications of what it means to share in the student-teacher bond.

Sanctuary

BY KENT JACOBSON
A baseball field was a sanctuary for a small community of boys who were surrounded by angry fathers they were too young to understand.

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FEATURED AUTHORS AND POETS

BOOK EXCERPTS

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Caroline Goodwin

Why I Write – Caroline Goodwin

Writing can be anything, from self-discovery to incorporating pain to establishing direction, according to poet Caroline Goodwin, who featured in The Dewdrop a couple of weeks ago with her poem, Not I’ll Not, from her book, Custody of the Eyes. 

THE BEATS

BROWSE BY THEME

MYSTICS

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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Ryokan – Playing with the Children

Ryokan loved children, and played with them so much that other adults began to question his sanity. He says, ‘Even if I were able to say something/how could I explain?’ His wholehearted immersion in playful activity is the essence of Ryokan’s very particular Zen expression.

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Alan Watts

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.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Anger Is Me and I Am Anger

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh on how we can become intimate and compassionate with our own anger and even transform it into love.

Rilke and the Labors of Love

Rilke stresses the importance of work in relationship and cautions against the youthful fancy that romance is the domain of play and pleasure.

Living Like Birds, Loving Like Birds

With her book, Earth’s Wild Music, Kathleen Dean Moore asks, what can we do in the midst of so much extinction? What is our moral imperative?

You Have to Have a Cup

The Empty Mirror is Janwillem van de Wettering’s memoir of his time at a Japanese Zen monastery where he stayed for over a year in the late 1950s.

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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.

Way-Seeking Mind

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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Kelly Joslyn
Featured Poetry

Kelly Joslyn – Before the Hunt

Kelly Joslyn’s quiet and simple poem Before the Hunt is a childhood reminiscence of her father. The child’s early-morning attentiveness to her father extends to the dim lighting and the smell of the tangerine, like looking at an old Polaroid of something from childhood.

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Julia Park Tracey
Featured Poetry

Julia Park Tracey – Tufas

In Tufas, Julia Park Tracey offers a simple and quiet poem focused on the landscape and nature, with a sense of tragidy that’s only hinted at through her words.

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Ellen Bass
Poetry

Ellen Bass – If You Knew

What if you knew you’d be the last to touch someone? Ellen Bass draws us in to the brief moments of contact that fill our day and urges us to consider the fleeting nature of every life we meet.

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