Arts+Culture

Arts+Culture

We Are the Eighth Day, © Melanie Weidner

Books

Splitting an Order, by Ted Kooser

Simple, measured, and settled, the poems in Ted Kooser's new collection were composed by an artist with nothing further to prove.

Books

E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904–1962 and The Collected Poems of James Laughlin

E. E. Cummings and James Laughlin didn’t write with metaphysical or philosophical ambition. But that doesn’t mean their poetry doesn’t matter.

On Art

Three photographs by Eric Mencher

In Honor of the Cuban People, Who Have a Generous and Warm Spirit and Who Make Music That Moves the Soul (Havana, 1997)

String Theory/Parallel Lines

In Accord

If those who sing pray twice, perhaps creators of artwork about music pray thrice. Eric Mencher’s works are photographic explorations that often create a sense of sacred space. “I’m definitely attracted to Latino culture, history, and life. In Guatemala, there is an amazing confluence of Maya, Catholic, and evangelical traditions. It is vibrant and colorful and sometimes somber, but always energetic. I hope that my photos are true to the people, speak to the specific, but resonate with those from many different worlds.”

Books

Something Rich and Strange, by Ron Rash

Ron Rash’s stories emerge from the Smoky Mountains, where his protagonists often reach for a mystery beyond their own understanding.