Stonework is published by Houghton College, a Christian liberal arts college located in New York’s rural Genesee Valley. Stonework seeks a diverse mix of mature and emerging voices in fellowship with the evangelical tradition. Published twice a year, the journal reflects the arts community at Houghton College where excellence in music, writing, and the visual arts has long been a distinctive.

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  • Issue 6
    Poetry by Paul Willis and Thom Satterlee. Fiction and interview with Lori Huth. Essay by James Wardwell, and student poets from Christian campuses.
  • Issue 5
    Poetry by Susanna Childress and Debra Rienstra. Fiction excerpt by Emilie Griffin. Art from Houghton's 2007 presidential inauguration and a forum on women writing.
  • Issue 4
    Matthew Roth--new poems. Diane Glancy--from One of Us and an interview. John Tatter-on gardens and poetry. The Landscapes of John Rhett. Stephen Woolsey--on the poetry of Jack Clemo. James Wardwell--on Herrick.
  • Issue 3
    Poetry by Julia Kasdorf, Robert Siegel and Sandra Duguid. Fiction by Tom Noyes. The portraits of Alieen Ortlip Shea. An anthology of Australian Poets
  • Issue 2
    Thom Satterlee - Poems from Burning Wycliff with an appreciation by David Perkins. Alison Gresik - new fiction and an interview. James Zoller - Poems from Living on the Floodplain.
  • Issue 1
    Luci Shaw — new poems with an appreciation by Eugene H. Peterson & Hugh Cook — new fiction and an interview

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

All Over America

(for Walt Whitman)

~Karen Knight

People steal collections of his poetry every day.
They're taken from shelves in rare bookshops
where they sweat for hours in big overcoat pockets.
They take them from the bedside tables
of luxurious hotel rooms
wrapped in monogrammed towels.
In libraries they're often reprimanded on the stairs.
In prisons they're confiscated
and locked up with the Hershey bars.
In the rush hour
people take his poems home through the subways.
The poems usually have to stand.
They're taken into restaurants
where they listen to one-sided conversations
on mobile phones.
But when his poems are taken into hospitals
they ease themselves through the sliding doors
dressed in immaculate white shirts
open at the neck
and soft grey felt sombreros
that tilt, all the way back.