Nonfiction

Poetry and Happiness

by Richard Wilbur

I am not perfectly certain what our forefathers understood by “the pursuit of happiness.” Of the friends whom I’ve asked for an opinion, the majority have taken that phrase to mean the pursuit of self-realization, or of a full humane … Continue reading

Egg Island Almanac (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017)

by Thomas Reiter

     Page by page Egg Island Almanac, the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry’s Open Competition winner for 2017, brings to mind a statement by Wendell Berry in Standing by Words, a perspective combining ethics and poetics: “We are speaking … Continue reading

Learning to Love the Prodigal Self: Encounters with Marilynne Robinson

by Pasquale Toscano

Lord, bless John Ames Boughton, this beloved son and brother and husband and father. —Ames blessing Jack, Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead I met Marilynne Robinson twelve days after Donald Trump’s election, seventy-five weeks after coming out to a pair of flummoxed … Continue reading