Ancient Celtic tradition upheld soul-friendships and the potential for inner growth that they teased out.
Joshua C. Allen – The White Oak Peninsula
Joshua C. Allen's The White Oak Peninsula is an ode to a place, a nostalgic discourse into earthy wildness and days of youth and adventure that many of us can relate to.
Malignant – A Love Story
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.
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.
Brandon McQuade – Two Whiskies
Brandon McQuade's poem, 'Two Whiskies', is a melancholy narrative of the author's dream of a late friend.
Robert Bly – When William Stafford Died
After the death of the poet William Stafford in 1993, his friend Robert Bly wrote this tribute against the image of water flowing down the rocks of Montana gullies.
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.
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.
True Relations in a False Age – Ralph Waldo Emerson on Friendship
For the former Unitarian minister, relations with other people evoke in us the call towards both truth and tenderness, asking at their highest level not for daintiness, but for the 'roughest courage.
Du Fu – Dreaming of Li Bai
'This parting from the living brings constant pain,' wrote eighth-century Chinese poet Du Fu in an ode to friendship about his separation from Li Bai, who was in exile in the south of the country.