Will Simescu's "Agrapha" reveals a search for holiness, contrasting the gritty details of reality with imagery from the life of Christ.
Lina Buividavičiūtė – A Housewife’s Opus Magnum
Lithuanian poet Lina Buividavičiūtė's prose poem "A Housewife's Opus Magnum" reveals a holiness discovered in simplicity and domesticity.
Samantha Imperi – To my child, on God
Samantha Imperi's powerful tragic poem "To my child, on God" muses God as a feminine force, forced to birth a universe she doesn't want.
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.
Brandon McQuade – Jamaica
Wyoming poet Brandon McQuade's "Jamaica" is a narrative of searching for God in the tropics and coming face to face with disillusionment.
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.
Ryan Diaz – Saint Hubert and the Deer
Ryan Diaz's poem, St. Hubert and the Deer, offers readers a glimpse at the crucial moment in the life of Saint Hubert--the precipice of the choice between slaughter and mercy.
Rooja Mohassessy – Intoxicated by Verses
Iranian-born poet Rooja Mohassessy presents readers a work of luscious language, devotion, wonder, faith, and also disillusionment.
Gully and Bayou
BY NEIL ELLIS ORTS This farm boy wandered the acres of woods and explored the gully. I sat under the cedar that grew on a high bank, roots exposed, waiting for the right number of rains to let go.
Spence Pfleiderer – A Simple Morning Prayer
The aptly-named A Simple Morning Prayer pleads for understanding and love, for connection and illumination in a handful of terse lines. This piece is evidence that a poem need not be complex or long-winded to be a thing of authentic beauty and power.