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George Herbert’s “Prayer I”


PRAYER (I) PRAYER the Churches’ banquet, Angels’ age, God’s breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth; Engine against th’ Almightie, sinner’s towre, Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear, … Continue reading

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Everything Is Normal Now


Everything Is Normal Now September 2002 See the jet streaking across Manhattan’s melancholia? Doesn’t it spice the end-of-day sky with a pinch of fear?  Who’s behind or inside that silver bullet?  Picture, instead, a giant magic marker inscribing a vapor … Continue reading

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A Feeling That Begins With “G”


A Feeling That Begins With G Sometimes, it jumps you like a lioness that crouches in the dumb-struck grass.  Sometimes, far-off, you’ll see it charging like a rogue bull elephant that leaves a random mess of death behind.  Like dogged … Continue reading

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Family Ties


Family Ties “One Body, Two Souls!” the headline blares above the photo of a girl with two heads, the first kissing the other on her cheek.  Or maybe, in ontological confusion, they’re two girls joined below the neck or twins … Continue reading

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With Blue Uncertain Stumbling Buzz


With Blue Uncertain Stumbling Buzz September 11, 2011 The heavens roared with feckless, supersonic angels: F15’s, I guess. M. insisted that P. and I “do” something, so we pushed south to St. Vincent’s through the stupefied throng.  Frosted with ash, … Continue reading

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