As the Leaves Begin to Change

“In that waltz, you find me now/Singing, dancing, with the moon”

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Youth

“and Pastor speaks with God, while I/repent my youth that/like the flower which fades/has been my secret, golden calf.”

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Fly Fishing

“What does it bring to light?/What meaning is there to land?/Have you killed a bit of me? I doubt it.”

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Moving Clockwise around Easton County

They’ve always been rivals with a town across the county line, a town of insulation and roofing makers. It’s a working-class rivalry, the authentic kind, one that lasts whatever color the collars become.”

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Review: “Hannibal” by Philip Freeman 

(J.M.W. Turner’s “Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps” (1812).)

“Freeman’s book, as the author acknowledges, is written as something of a eulogy to this great man of antiquity, who has captured imaginations for two millennia.”

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Silver Lining

The silver lining is/you won’t be catching planes/to drag yourself away”

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Woodmont

“But then again,/it’s only ever been the thought that counts.”

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Review: Eden Collinsworth’s “What the Ermine Saw”

“Almost all the key events of modern Europe were seen through the eyes of this painting, which Collinsworth vividly brings to life in her writing.”

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Review: Riley Black’s “The Last Days of the Dinosaurs”

“This is a story about the meek inheriting the Earth.”

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Famous First Words

“All those routines!/And unhappiness can be alike.”

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Footnote to Larkin

(Getty)

“We should also be kind while we may.”

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Oncology

“More truths than cancer creep beneath our speech.”

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Review: “Saving Yellowstone” by Megan Kate Nelson

“Much like the United States itself, the story of Yellowstone is one of tragedy and hope, defiance and cut-throat ambition, beauty and terror, charity and callousness.”

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“Father Stu”: A Story of Hardship and Redemption

(Sony)

One of the spiritual overtones present in Father Stu is one important to Christian teaching: the merit of suffering. The Christ-like endurance of suffering is particularly embodied in Long himself.”

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The River Walk

“They bring us here, to a place/Elsewhere, where there is no motion”

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