Best books of 2019

Best books of 2019

The best books of 2019 Moby Dick by Herman Melville Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. DuBois Job: A New Translation by Edward L. Greenstein...

Poem: Lamentations Road

Poem: Lamentations Road

Lamentations Road By Patrick T. Reardon Lamentations Road runs past Judge Westcott’s mansion, out to Weed Hollow where a dead mule rots, a pestilence of flies, while I rock in the sun, another broken part of the machine. The Adolphus Smythe...

Poem: “Make”

Poem: “Make”

Make By Patrick T. Reardon In summer, the father grilled hot dogs with his white t-shirt off, skin burning. In fall, he tolled novenas. After snow melt, the whitened bones of a gnawed bird, chaos of feathers. Can you taste the beckoning? In...

Essay: Thank God for pain

Essay: Thank God for pain

The country duo Big & Rich (Big Kenny and John Rich) can be pretty goofy, but, on their 2014 album Gravity, they included a heartfelt song with the startling title “Thank God for Pain.” The song, written by Rich along with Vicky McGehee and...