Brett Foster teaches literature and creative writing at Wheaton College in Illinois.
Sad little patriarch, rubbing his gloved hands together
“I have been even as a man that hath no strength, free among the dead . . . Shall thy loving-kindness be showed in the grave?”...
July 28, 2015
Harrowing & exhilarating
Your encouraging words of description feel just rightas I struggle to be heard, and work to rememberand depict this long summer month, which approached...
January 28, 2015
Funny hospital saying
I’m not sure why I found it so endearing,the surgeon’s always saying, upon hearinghis patient’s slightly hopeful rephrasing or reply...
January 15, 2015
Questions concerning technology
Something dark within it, its first element or circuit?Did it surface first in Cain, offering unfavored,downcast brother-killer in the wide-mouthed field?...
November 7, 2012
The temple called Beautiful
At the ninth hour of prayerPeter and John, or “Jhon”as he renders it, ascendedthe stairs of the templecalled Beautiful, encounteredthere a man halt from the womb....
October 25, 2012
Now say "public library" three times fastand feel your voice give corners to the air.Now hear the funny names my son has carried:Boots and Gusto, Bips and Bixby, Mr. Sassafras...
October 18, 2011
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December 1, 2010
On being asked to pray
I think once again about your brotherand sister-in-law, god-awful uncertaintyas they await the news. I almost heartheir parental oath, or nearly so since...
September 23, 2010
Ut pictura poesis, with eight-year-old
We drove past the darkened restaurant, earlysummer, having left the park. I said "Mokehouse"—inside joke and looking for his memoryof a burnt-out letter, the name in doubt....
August 29, 2010
For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics
It’s almost a job requirement for poets: accept the fact of being far removed from mainstream artistic culture....
May 4, 2010
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Shakespeare (The Illustrated and Updated Edition)
Upon learning of Bill Bryson’s new Shakespeare (The Illustrated and Updated Edition), I felt momentarily confused....
April 6, 2010
Reader, here is no know-nothingmuddle-mouth grinning till his time’s up, nor this month’s charismatic hotshot— let’s be glad for that....
January 11, 2010
Horse Latitudes: Poems
Among Ireland’s best contemporary poets, Paul Muldoon pours forth a river of words resembling (to this Midwestern reviewer, at least) not so much Joyce’s L...
May 14, 2007
The walk back, more loss. When I open the doorit’s over, so I set to piddling: tidyend tables, check the mail, draw a bath.The restless energy finally settles...
March 5, 2007
What ever happened to the Baby Jesus?
Near chamomile and rosebud potpourria pair of porcelain camels rest, bit playersglazed and unaware of this faux Nativity.Peasant extras lift their silent, pleasing prayers...
December 25, 2006