Written shortly after the death of his daughter, Issa’s haiku touches deeply on the heart of the human condition.
Brandon McQuade’s poem, ‘Two Whiskies’, is a melancholy narrative of the author’s dream of a late friend.
The corpse-plant’s soft and scaly appearance and its drooping head give it a ghostly, deathly air in Adrienne Rich’s poem.
BY KATE TAGAI –
Love only needs an instant to unfurl, and no one knows this better than the mother of a child she only knew for a few days.
BY JENNIFER CHRISTGAU AQUINO
When the fall the sky turned orange from fire, and a pandemic roared, and the children lay in bed all day, and cancer took residence in your armpits, you found a bear in your basement.
Emily Dickinson’s allegorical reflection on the relationship between beauty and truth.
Seung Sahn was the first Korean Zen master to come to live and teach in the West. His style borrowed from a number of different Buddhist traditions, particularly Rinzai. The book, ‘Dropping Ashes on the Buddha’ is a collection of his teachings that happened both in person as well as through correspondence – a way… Continue reading What is Death? You Are Already Dead
BY CYNDY CENDAGORTA
As her friend fell sick while she fell in love, she realized we don’t get to choose our miracles or our malignancies.
Written in the morning of the day he died, William Stafford’s last poem rattles with augury gilded by a sense of acceptance.
“To take somebody’s adolescence away is to deny that person some of the closest looks at God’s face that we ever get on this planet,” said songwriter John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats in reference to his song The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton. The song is an ode to the integrity of adolescent ambitions,… Continue reading The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton – John Darnielle