Arts+Culture

Arts+Culture

We Are the Eighth Day, © Melanie Weidner

Books

The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, edited by Gianfranco Malafarina

In The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the darling among splendidly artistic cathedrals is stunningly brought to life.

Books

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, by Nina Sankovitch

Nina Sankovitch explores the meaning and value of letters in our post-postal age.

Poetry

We're back

After the fire, houses in the chaparral
start up again like new shoots of poison oak.
The resilience of nature? The power
of habit? The shallows of the human mind?

We keep building on the flood plain,
kicking steps up the avalanche chute,
camping out on the crumbling
lip of the volcano.

Those hollow figures at Pompeii,
crouched in the admission of error,
became the casts for Rodin’s Thinker.
Think about it.

In Korea, there are a hundred different men
who claim to be returned messiahs
(not counting their messiah wives)—
and thousands who erect their faith upon this sand.

And here in the U.S. of A., cutting sagebrush
in my yard, the dry winds parting my lips,
I feel right at home with the rest,
making do, claiming ground.