Mary Oliver poems

Imagination is better than a sharp instrument. To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. [From the poem Yes! No!]  

Walt Whitman poems

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon unaccountable … Continue reading Walt Whitman poems

Raymond Carver poems

Hummingbird Suppose I say summer, write the word “hummingbird,” put it in an envelope, take it down the hill to the box. When you open my letter you will recall those days and how much, just how much, I love you.

"The Terrible Speed of Mercy" Flannery O'Connor by Jonathan Rogers

The Terrible Speed of Mercy

I studied O'Connor lot in AP English, and it was really interesting to revisit her more than a decade later through a different lens. This book offers a really illuminating perspective on how O'Connor's faith shaped her writing, and how most of the world has misinterpreted her famously grotesque short stories.