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Sonnet Sunday 85: Esther

I’ve increasingly gravitated towards storytelling via sonnets. In part, I appreciate the challenge of condensing a narrative into 14 lines; in part they just tend to be more interesting than sonnets about ideas. Sometimes they require multiple revisions. Others work

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Sonnet Sunday 84: Wilderness

I’ve made it no secret that this last year has been tough. In fact, I’ve made plans to see a Biblical counselor periodically over the next few months to make sure I have appropriate coping strategies lined up. It’s already

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Sonnet Sunday 83: The Shepherd-King

First, if you didn’t see, I had my first poem featured on the Rabbit Room! Sort of. A few weeks ago Jonny Jimison asked me to draft something up for one of his Rabbit Room comics; I sent him something

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Sonnet Sunday 82: Wayward Dog

I’ve mentioned many times that 2018 was a stressful year. In an effort to get ahead of some upcoming stress emotionally, I’ve been digging into how Scripture applies to emotions—how to turn general scriptural knowledge into specific prayers against my

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Sonnet Sunday 81: The Miscarriage

First, before anyone asks, there’s no special reason for me to publish this sonnet today. I just flipped through one of my notebooks, saw it, and asked myself if I could think of any reason NOT to publish it. That

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Sonnet Sunday 80: The Year

It took me longer than you’d think to realize exactly how bad things are, but 2018 has been a year of slow-simmering stress, and it’s been bubbling over a LOT recently. The bad news is, due to important but difficult

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Sonnet Sunday 79: The Snow

I haven’t written very many Christmas poems for some reason, probably due to the usual busyness of the season. In lieu of that, here’s a sonnet that starts and ends with snow, which I wrote for this November’s poem-a-day challenge

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Sonnet Sunday 78: Hades’ Fruit

I keep coming back to the myth of Demeter and Persephone in my poetry: a daughter, kidnapped by Hades, forced to stay with him as his wife for six months at a time because she got hungry; a mother who

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Sonnet Sunday 77: Salty

Today’s sonnet also comes from this year’s Poem A Day prompt (this prompt was “salty”). Expect this to happen a lot over the next few weeks; life is a bit crazy, and the recent poems are low-hanging fruit. Other than

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Sonnet Sunday 76: O Simon

One of my favorite Twitter accounts is the Medieval Death Bot, which tweets out the records of recorded deaths in the Middle Ages. (I mean, how could you not love such a thing?). This week, working on the November Poem

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