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

Long Weekend at Avoca

~Peter Stiles

Early October, and the beach sings again
with the voices of little children.
Springtime comes in Kandinsky colours
splashed across each ultra violet day,
like parakeets blinding the ear with their screeching.
My words are stayed in this heat.
For the moment, warmth of the skin,
colour of youth, flick of water, a sandy limb,
there is nothing to shape but contentment.
Waves, memories from childhood, wash in.
A young woman, fair, with Celtic fairness,
photographs patterns traced by tides
on the rock face beyond the beach.
She steps closer and closer, while others, oblivious,
fish from the edge in their tanned silence.
Earnest, but peaceful, she reads the poems I cannot write,
poems about deep time
and the meaning of summers.