Poetry that bids us welcome

How is it that the poems of a 17th-century aristocrat still resonate with us?


A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014-2015, by Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry continues to spend Sunday mornings in the Kentucky woods, and his readers will be rewarded. At age 82, he notes that “life does not relent or become easier as death approaches.” He asks, “How then may you come yet alive to right-mindedness and right prayer?” Although grief and “nightmares of the age” interrupt his sleep, he is eased by nature’s “numinous and exalted” presence.


she: robed and wordless, by Lou Ella Hickman

This slim volume of poetry gives voice to the women of the Bible, named and unnamed.


Ordinary grace

A review of Catherine Abbey Hodges

The reversals in this book aren’t easy. There is nothing sentimental or giddy about them. They are real. They are ordinary.


Shadows of a saint

Charles Williams’s magical Christianity

Williams was at once theologian, mystic, poet, novelist, editor, playwright, and critic, not to mention (possibly) a living Anglican saint.


Poetic nothingness

A review of Rita Mae Reese

This collection is suffused with one of poetry’s most fundamental aims: making meaning out of suffering and loss.


Poetic solitude

A review of Michael N. McGregor

From his youth Lax experienced a love of God that would not abate, calling him toward both solitude and engagement with others.