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

Thursday, November 15, 2007

To Micah, On the Removal of Your Appendix

~ Susanna Childress

Which, of all the names of our human story—

gorgeous as the sound of Goethe—will prick

like a vaccination the whole sweet mess of your hitherto

undaunted body? You, little historian, sleeping

the heavy slumber of the great black bear

in December, my dear and only brother, who

shall call to you? Not Napoleon or Stonewall Jackson,

not Thucydides or Heraclitis, not Martin Luther,

not Meriwether Lewis. Not Frederick Douglas,

not precious Nathan Hale. O no, not you, Ronald

Reagan. Come, Mechtild of Magdeburg, say

How God Comes to the Soul, descending

on the beloved as dew on a flower, as even

dew on the open palm of a flower.