Winter Rain

J.B. Toner
A sad grey dawning, this; a sad grey cloud
  Bemists the morning’s eye with doleful mirk;
And under dreary treetops’ drizzling shroud,
  Bedraggled crows in lonely murders lurk.
The whiskey's all but spent, the wine is lost;
  The beer-fen on the bare cold floorboards molders;
The fridge holds half a jar of apple-sauce;
  The last butt in the brimming ashtray smolders. [Read more...]

Impromptu: Reporting from La Mancha

Joseph O’Brien

For Max Pizarro

I

God almighty! The puissant progress of it all! Arch-mad with digits,
The 20th century summed up through a fogged pane of sky-blue limits,
Its typeset changes out each Pater Noster for news, front-page and back.

These are outside happenings which remand nothing—for thou art
Naught to me! Yet they require my innermost fealty of stone-to-heart,
Even as the stone grows smaller, harder, more cardiac.
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“The Splendor and the Wackiness”: An Interview with Heather King

Katy Carl

After living on both coasts of the United States, working jobs as diverse as waitress and lawyer, surviving alcoholism, cancer, and divorce, and undergoing a life-altering conversion, Catholic writer Heather King might be said to have seen it all. Her most recent memoir, Redeemed, strives to set down these experiences and more as viewed through the fresh eyes of a new Catholic. In her writing, King expresses a truth that her heroine Flannery O’Connor described: that, though faith may seem to some a “peculiar and arrogant blindness,” it can be an “extension of vision” when the believer engages and records reality with honesty and clarity. Or, as King puts it herself, faith enables us to see in a unique way “the meat and the splendor and the wackiness and the grittiness” of the world and of our experience. [Read more…]

Mary, Queen of Angels 2008

Publisher’s Note

Feature

David Rozema,
Pre-Christian Infusion: Faith, Hope, and Charity in The Lord of the Rings

Fiction

Arthur Powers,
Carla and Jaime

Eleanor Bourg Donlon,
The Game of Sean McTeague

Dena Hunt,
The Salvation of Glorianne

Enrique Garcia-Maiquez,
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Poetry

J.B. Toner,

David Landrum,
Roads Walked and Barred

Kate Bluett,
Mesquite

Amanda Griswold,
Gadarene

Gabriel Olearnik,

Joseph O’Brien,

Sarah Gajkowski-Hill,
Pity

Interviews

Katy Carl,
“The Splendor and the Wackiness”: An Interview with Heather King

Reviews

Katy Carl,
Redeemed

Eleanor Bourg Donlon,
Ignatius Critical Editions

Art and Photography

Milo Duke,

Matthew Alderman,

Patrick Anderson,