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Luci Shaw & Sebastian Wien

Luci Shaw (poem)

and

Sebastain Wien (sculpture)

How?

by Luci Shaw

How shall we sing the Lord’s songs 
in a strange land? The old rhythms,
the melodies of praise, strangle 
in our throats and the words 
fall to the ground like leaves in autumn. 
The air feels thick with suspicion and doubt
and who’s to say, any more, what
is true enough to last, to prevail?

Isolation feels like a punishment
for offenses we never enacted.

Let us trust, now, the ground under
our feet--that which has proven steady
for generations. Look up. The heavens
are still there, unclouded, beatific.
We breathe, even though masks clothe 
our faces. Prayer surrounds us, close
as our skin, weaving for us garments of
trust and solace. Even in our isolation
we are joined in love, never alone.

***

Luci Shaw. Born in London, England in 1928, Luci Shaw is a poet and essayist, and since 1986 she has been Writer in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Author of over thirty-seven books of poetry and creative non-fiction, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals and in 1913 she received the 10th annual Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. Her new collection, The Generosity , will be released in August, 2020, by Paraclete Press. https://www.lucishaw.com/

Sebastian Wien. German artist Sebastian Wien made a metal coronavirus sculpture (25 cm diameter), which he hopes will raise money for charity. He welded the work together from steel and screws. He aims to make 99 copies and donate 20 per cent of the proceeds to a homeless project. http://www.sebastian-wien.de/


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- January 2018: Wendell Berry & Annukka Laine
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- February 2017: David L. Hatton & David L. Hatton
- November 2016: Dennis ODriscoll & David Robinson
- June 2016: Luci Shaw & Marietha Smit
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- January 2016: Dante G. Rossetti & Dante G. Rossetti
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- November 2014: David L. Hatton & David L. Hatton
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- June 2014: Jonathan Evens & Henry Shelton
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- April 2014: Christine Perrin & Michelangelo
- February 2014: David Hatton & Angelo da Fonseca
- January 2014: James Weldon Johnson & Aaron Douglas
- January 2014: Hannah Main-van der Kamp & Liviu Mocan
- December 2013: Christine Perrin & Fra Angelico
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