On Kristin George Bagdanov’s poem “More Strange” at Image Journal

Kristin George Bagdanov's poem "More Strange" is a compact powerhouse of emotion and complexity. I've been thinking about it a lot these past few weeks, moving through some heavy sadness over the brokenness of our world, while simultaneously beginning to wean my 14-month-old. I've been feeling weighed down by the violence in the news and grappling with my vulnerability, wanting to protect my child from what I have so little control over. It's easy to forget God's sovereignty and providence. It's all too easy to imagine that grief and pain have the last word.

Janet McCabe Poetry Prize

In late June, I learned that my poem "Yellow" won the 2016 Janet McCabe Poetry Prize at Ruminate Magazine. The poem will be published in the September 2016 issue. Ruminate is one of my favorite publications, and its arrival in my mailbox is one of the small but great pleasures in my life. It's beautiful. It's print. It still comes in the mail. And it's quarterly, which means several months of anticipation between issues-- a novelty in an age when it seems we hardly have to wait to read anything anymore.