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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    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

Monday, May 08, 2006

The Life of the River

James Zoller

One might begin at the headwaters –
at a lake, say, because lakes are primal.

One would not begin with glaciers.
Begin with moving water,
at lake-fed streams and springs.

At headwaters, then – this gathering place
for snowmelt or ground water
finding its way through rock and sand.

The lake, we say, is springfed or snowfed,
emits a stream at its lower end –
and this, too, this stream knows gravity.

This is what we say: We say this river
has life; we say this river is life; or
we say this river is like life – it is more
than itself. When life ends, the river goes on.
Just as a mother has life, brings life, is more
than woman. Just as God is more than life.

So, the headwaters, a beginning,
a present holding past and future.

And it means – for us – every-
In spring:
snow melts,
dry hills run,
dry stream beds fill,
rush madly as rapids,
leap from any high stone in its eagerness

to become river, to bring life,

to carry earth on its back.


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