How to Radically Empower Your Writing … By Surrendering It

5 Mostly-Practical Ways to Surrender Your Writing to God

About two years ago, while kneeling in a pew at St. Vincent Basilica, I was about ready to throw in the towel with this writing business. That was part of the reason I was on retreat there in the first place. I knew I wanted to be a great writer and somehow glorify God through it. I had … Read more…

The Artist’s Vocation: Finding Beauty in the Hard Places

Finding Beauty in Hard Places

Recently, my Russian tutor had me read this snippet from Russian Modernist poet Nikolay Zabolotsky: … что есть красота и почему её обожествляют люди? Сосуд она, в котором пустота, или огонь, мерцающий в сосуде? Or, loosely translated: … what is beauty and why do we worship it? Is it a vessel for emptiness, or a fire in a vessel, … Read more…

100 Themes Poem: “In a Field Between Two Suns”

It’s no joke to say that poetry keeps us alive. I suppose you could say the same of any beautiful thing — or, to be more precise, any truly beautiful thing. That could be art, music, Creation, or simply a smile. Beauty is part of what makes life worth living. It can lift the soul and give it … Read more…

100 Themes Poem: “On Metros, Eternity and Mozart”

On Metros, Eternity and Mozart - Poem

Poems demand to be written on their own time. That’s one thing I’ve learned from the last few installments of the 100 Themes challenge — you sit down and turn on the writing faucet like a good, dedicated poet, but for all that, the poem comes when it darn well pleases. If you’re present and ready for it, that is. … Read more…