My Favorite Deadly Sin

Ron McFarland

And eke the verse of famous Poets witt
He does backbite, and spightfull poison spues
From leprous mouth on all, that ever writt.

Spenser, Faerie Queene I.iv.32

In my most envious dream I pretend
not to ride a ravenous wolf in your
homecoming parade, ticker-tape
decorating your victorious shoulders. [Read more…]


Rosemary Callenberg

The dust had never bothered her before, except perhaps in an abstract way on weekends. But now, as she sat in her pajamas and looked around the living room, Ellen realized that it was everywhere—on the lamps, the baby grand piano, a book of Emily Dickinson’s poetry she’d started to read last month and forgotten about. Ordinarily on Monday afternoons, she’d sit in front of Laurel Savings Bank on her lunch break and stare at the trees along Main Street, the coffee shop across the road, the white station wagon always parked on the next block. But this Monday there were no trees, no jobs at the bank. There was just Ellen, alone and unemployed in a living room coated with dust. [Read more…]

SS. Peter and Paul 2011


On Truth and Trade: Economics and the Catholic Vision of the Good Life


Dust Rosemary Callenberg

Winner, North Dakota Anthony Lusvardi, SJ

Come Into My House and Stay Arthur Powers


My Favorite Deadly Sin Ron McFarland

Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose Ron McFarland

Spring, 1373 David Athey

Celestialness David Athey

My Recurring Dacha Dream Joseph O’ Brien

Mater Mea David Pederson

Pieces of Straw J.B. Toner

Simeony Mike Aquilina

The Poem of the Act of the Mind Mike Aquilina

Pilgrimage Mike Aquilina

Hardball Mike Aquilina

For Anne Thomas Forsthoefel

Moonscape in Juarez Thomas Forsthoefel

Job Description Thomas Forsthoefel

So many thoughts has she John Jalsevac

I’d Often Read about It in a Book Geoffrey Smagacz

Three-Cricket Evening Sarah Rehfeldt

An Elegy for Rose Christopher Nield


Not Love: A Drama Jennifer Pierce

Art and Photography

Portrait of Austin with Cello Carl Schmitt

Gertrude with Violin Carl Schmitt

Crooked Pine Tree, New Jersey Kathleen Gerard

Angel Oak Tree, South Carolina Kathleen Gerard

Self-Portrait with Cigarette Carl Schmitt

Untitled Carl Schmitt

Untitled Carl Schmitt

Woman in Irish Coat Carl Schmitt

Portrait of Gertrude Knitting Carl Schmitt


On Truth and Trade: Economics and the Catholic Vision of the Good Life

Bernardo Aparicio García
President, Dappled Things

“It’s the economy, stupid.”

It is a phrase most people associate with Clinton and capitalism, but I find it equally worthy of Marx: all human realities are ultimately reducible to economic ones. It is also a cliché, by the way, and one so popular that it has spawned counter-clichés of its own. One of my favorites goes “It’s the culture, stupid,” which perhaps is not surprising given my involvement in this literary journal. Man—the lover, the poet, the builder, the philosopher, the worshiper, even the murderer—is a far larger and more mysterious reality than homo economicus. Yet for all that, it would be vain to deny, especially after the financial disasters of the last few years, that the economy (like other realities) has a powerful influence over the manner in which human beings live their lives, organize societies, and develop cultures. Hence, for those of us trying to pursue a Catholic vision of the good life, and a society that is compatible with it, economics is not a subject we can afford to ignore. [Read more…]


David Athey

Tendons, bones, and flesh
trivium-taught for marveling
at the solid gifts, for example
the morning when six planets
aligned the heavenly proportions
in obedience to the Spirit in love
with matter, the cosmology [Read more…]