Chinese Nun Ziyong Chengru on the pain of parting and how to draw solace from the cyclical nature of time and landscape.
Kahlil Gibran – Fear
Kahlil Gibran's poem on the fear of dissipation is a call to faith, to trust in the oceanic nature of the life-manifesting force.
Brandon James O’Neil – City Adhan
Hinged on the image of Muslim cab driver finding a moment of serenity in communion with God in the chaos of New York City, Brandon James O'Neil's "City Adhan" offers readers that same serenity.
Guadalupe Salgado Partida – Nearing Heaven
Guadalupe Salgado Partida, with her poem "Nearing Heaven", tilts our eyes skyward, just as the eyes of the poem's narrator when she asks her father about God.
Nathaniel Grayson – Some Distant Island
Melancholic and visceral, poet Nathaniel Grayson's "Some Distant Land" takes an unflinching look at faith, connection, and the places we find ourselves.
Antoinette Kennedy – Soul in the Sky
Antoinette Kennedy has blessed readers with a poetic juxtaposition of Paradise--one of golden civilized grandeur with nothing natural, and one hoped for by the narrator, consisting of earthy goodness and authenticity.
Katie Bowers – Even Though I Am Weary of Church Pews, She Is Not
Written during the peak of the pandemic, Katie Bowers' poem touches on the challenges of faith and belief, parenting and childhood.
Kevin James – Just for You
Kevin James' "Just for You", explores the experience of immanence, a theological doctrine stating that the divine presence is present and active in our material world as opposed to just in a metaphysical or ethereal realm.
Dane Lyn – holy musings at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2019
Dane Lyn's "holy musings at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2019" is a brilliant work of ekphrastic poetry, inspired by a religious painting by an unknown artist, titled "The Great Harlot of Babylon".
Angelic Armendariz – Nonbeliever
Angelic Armendariz, with her poem "Nonbeliever", gives readers a brief but poignant piece with three distinct stages in questioning faith, spirituality, and God.