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Mencius
Book Bits

Mencius – To Fathom the Mind

Chinese philosopher Mencius’ core conviction was that human nature is fundamentally good and pure and only sullied by societal living.

Olivia Sudjic
Book Bits

A ‘Difficult’ Disease

After releasing her debut novel, Olivia Sudjic found herself coming under intense scrutiny as a writer, an episode that contributed to her falling into a spiral of anxiety and self-doubt.

Intersection

Intersection

BY NATALIE MUCKER
J-o-s. He wrote on the white board in purple marker, then spun to face us—a handful of seated strangers—in the small, neat room.

Dad Too Late

BY KENT JACOBSON
My father clomped through life with boots—“Your mother will turn you into a softy”— and died early.

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INTERVIEW

Letters to my Unborn Daughter

Letters to My Unborn Daughter

BY KATHERINE LEE
A woman unpacks the meaning of motherhood in a series of letters to her unborn and unnamed daughter.

Gin and Coconut Curry

BY CHAPIN CIMINO
What stays with us over the decades: Navigating the grey mists of love and affection by the quirky light of a college friendship.

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FEATURED AUTHORS AND POETS

BOOK EXCERPTS

Olivia Sudjic

A ‘Difficult’ Disease

After releasing her debut novel, Olivia Sudjic found herself coming under intense scrutiny as a writer, an episode that contributed to her falling into a spiral of anxiety and self-doubt.

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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. 

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THE BEATS

BROWSE BY THEME

MYSTICS

POPULAR READS

Zen Tree

FROM THE ZEN GARDEN

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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Bankei and the Unborn

17th century Zen master Bankei on the Unborn, the unconditioned mind that comes up spontaneously and is fundamental to every person, without exception.

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Am I Conscious Now?

“What does it mean to ask a question? Is there some magic in the inquisitive brain?” Susan Blackmore’s lifelong investigation into consciousness encompasses Zen practice and the recurring question: Am I conscious now?

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Chiyono’s Enlightenment Poem

Adachi Chiyono (also known as Mugai Nyodai) was the daughter of a samurai warrior in the 13th century who became the first woman – and mother – to found and head a Zen monastery in Japan.

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KEEP READING

Jundo Cohen

How to Dance? Lessons from a Zen Master

Jundo Cohen paints a picture of the universe as an integrated and indivisible dance, in which certain elements temporarily swirl out then return to the whole.

Lewis Hyde

To Possess Is To Give

Lewis Hyde’s book The Gift is a treatise on the power of the creative spirit and the dynamics of giving to transform the world.

Jordan Kisner

Ordinary Devotions

Jordan Kisner’s essay titled, ‘Soon This Space Will Be Too Small’, is a short musing about circular themes and thoughts that can revolve around a whole lifetime.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

The Magic Lives of Swifts

The twilight excursions of swifts echo the solemnity of certain spiritual rituals, when the earth is quiet enough that we can relocate our own bearings in relation to the world.

What is Attention?

Alexandra Horowitz asks, what does it really mean to pay attention? Is it beneficial? And how can we be better at it?

Love and Death are Inseparable

Jiddu Krishnamurti’s diaries reveal his ‘process’ and daily engagement with the the experience of his own consciousness and encounters with the unknown.

Jones Irwin

Jones Irwin – Around Here

In his poem Around Here, Jones Irwin captures a sense of the current political atmosphere, a specific kind of decline in marginal communities but also how they can be energized by political ideas.

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Natalia Ginzburg

Their Love of Life Should Never Weaken

Pursuing our vocations and allowing our children the space to develop their own, are, according to Natalia Ginzburg, paramount in raising healthy children and developing healthy relationships with them as they grow.

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Anna Sophia

George Stein – Specter

George Stein’s Micro Gallery show Specter is a journey through 2020 from the perspective of a New Yorker watching the transitions of his city from the street.

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Giotto - Nativity

Born in the City of David

The story of the Nativity is told briefly in two books of the Bible, Matthew and Luke, where it is sparse next to the rich details and imagery of the countless retellings it undergoes each year.

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Taylor Mallay

Taylor Mallay – New Life

Wounds, injury, cuts and abrasions slice through Taylor Mallay’s poem New Life as the mystery of healing takes place, stretching skin thin and craving water like succulent plants yellowing on the windowsill.

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Olivia Sudjic

A ‘Difficult’ Disease

After releasing her debut novel, Olivia Sudjic found herself coming under intense scrutiny as a writer, an episode that contributed to her falling into a spiral of anxiety and self-doubt.

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Intersection

Intersection

BY NATALIE MUCKER
J-o-s. He wrote on the white board in purple marker, then spun to face us—a handful of seated strangers—in the small, neat room.

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