Vespers / Louise Glück

I know what you planned, what you meant to do, teaching me to love the world, making it impossible to turn away completely, to shut it out completely ever again— it is everywhere; when I close my eyes, birdsong, scent of lilac in early spring, scent of summer roses: you mean to take it away, […]

Prayer / James Galvin

O, beginning, daughters of the earth await the sons of heaven, and vice versa. They all practice trigger-happiness and chicken scratch. They practice duration and meltdown. They primp in your glass. You think that’s funny? Never mind. It’s getting really cold in here. Who makes the introductions if not you? Who initiates the bliss, I […]

(no title) / Christina Rossetti

Lord, dost Thou look on me and will not I Launch out my heart to Heaven to look on Thee? Here if one loved me I should turn to see, And often think on him and often sigh, And by a tender friendship make reply To love gratuitous poured forth on me, And nurse a […]

Six Apologies, Lord / Olena Kalytiak Davis

I Have Loved My Horrible Self, Lord. I Rose, Lord And I Rose, Lord, And I, Dropt. Your Requirements, Lord. ‘Spite Your Requirements, Lord, I Have Loved The Low Voltages Of The Moon, Lord, Until There Was No Moon Intensity Left, Lord, No Moon Intensity Left For You, Lord. I Have Loved The Frivolous, The […]

13 (Space Psalm) / Jacqueline Osherow

Let stars reverse their courses — hallelujah — Let planets flaunt their necklaces of ice – Let suns confound eclipses – hallelujah – Let moons’ scavenged radiance rejoice— Let galaxies recluster – hallelujah – Let nebulae uncloud and celebrate – Let meteors spread banners – hallelujah – Let black holes unleash astonished light— Let comets […]

God’s Grandeur / Gerard Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil […]

Just Like Job / Maya Angelou

My Lord, My Lord, Long have I cried out to Thee In the heat of the sun, The cool of the moon My screams searched the heavens for Thee. My God, When my blanket was nothing but dew. Rags and bones Were all I owned. I chanted Your name Just like Job. Father, Father, My […]