My friend and colleague Julia Rocchi considers crucial questions regarding the relationship between poetry and prayer.
Category: Sacred Verse: Poetry, Prayer, and Faith
In Search of the Ineffable: A Review of The Trees Witness Everything, by Victoria Chang [book review]
Check out my recent book review for "The Trees Witness Everything" by Victoria Chang, whose poetry offers a thrilling pursuit of what cannot be described.
Perichoresis: Divine Choreography [poem, and “scattershot” form commentary]
Check out my poem "Perichoresis: Divine Choreography," including commentary on the word "perichoresis," and the form I use in this poem, which I'm calling "scattershot."
God & Money: A Prayer
What does our faith have to say about money? And how can we respond with hope and truth to growing inequalities in our world? This prayer (and commentary) offer one way forward.
Why the Stakes are High: Poetry, the Bible, & the Slaughter of the Innocents [commentary & sonnet]
How does poetry impact our spiritual formation, as well as our ability to read the Bible? The challenging text of the slaughter of the innocents in Matthew 2 offers a powerful case study.
“Etymology of the Word ‘Parable'” [contest-winning cinquain poem]
I'm thrilled to announce that my poem, "Etymology of the Word 'Parable,'" has won the 2022 WWPH Writes the Holidays Contest :). Check out my poem, and an explanation of its form, here.
“Autobiography of an Origami Lantern” [poem]
Check out my new poem "Autobiography of an Origami Lantern," a poem whose insights surprised me after I gave myself permission to play with origami earlier this year.
“Cabin Fever Compels Me to Bike to the Anacostia River” [verse paragraph poem]
Check out my verse paragraph poem "Cabin Fever Compels Me to Bike to the Anacostia River," along with an explanation of the verse paragraph form, some famous contemporary examples, and a verse paragraph writing prompt!
“A Turn in the River” [chiastic poem]
Check out my new poem "A Turn in the River," and learn about the ancient (and Biblical!) poetic form known as chiasm.
Walking with the Tender Awe of Poetry: A Hand of Blessing on Ashes
As guest contributor Darcy Wiley notes, "Poetry may not solve problems, but it often de-centers them, bending toward small creatures and hidden moments."