Gerard Manley Hopkins


Christ in all that is

A review of Niels Henrik Gregersen

All living things are touched by divine grace—and caught up together in movement toward union with God.


Vibrant, vigorous, and weird

A review of Annie Dillard

Almost any page of this collection yields the precise puzzling haunting music of Dillard’s mind at work.


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.


Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life

In his sonnet “On His Blindness” Milton laments the loss that impedes “that one talent which is death to hide,” now “lodged with me, useless, though my soul more bent to serve therewith my Maker.” God gave him, Milton reasons, not only a talent for words, but an urge to use them that seemed to him as essential as a heartbeat.