These shifts of the perceived subject happen frequently throughout the poem, and cause me as a reader to reread previous lines differently due to the knowledge gained from later lines.
With a poem, faith is a hidden constellation, beginning with the still-mysterious act of writing. The blank page, which is simultaneously white and dark, is the abyss each writer stares into until the moment, as Nietzsche said, where the abyss stares back into the writer.
When we reach out in words, where we’re safe, we prepare to cross a boundary with respect at our next opportunity. We prepare to offer the comfort we weren't able or brave enough to offer when our last chance arose.
hese poems are my way of honoring the mysteries of the natural world—weather, geology, our human impermanence—using metaphor and image, rhythm and form to understand our roles in such an intricate system.
What can I offer them? What can I write to them when their fears and questions—along with mine—are so loud in our ears?
Marlena Bontas's poetry appears in Rock & Sling 10.2. Of "I Slaughtered Your Horses," she writes: "I believe there is a deep connection between faith and literature. The most obvious one is the Bible, as there is a great narrative built around the time before and after Christ. The Book of Revelation is closely related to … Continue reading From 10.2: I Slaughtered Your Horses by Marlena Bontas
From issue 10.2, on shelves next week, is Katie Manning. For the past three years, my primary writing project has been a collection of poems with the working title All That Remains. This project began because I was tired of people taking language from the Bible out of context and using it as a weapon … Continue reading Contributor Note, Katie Manning
Instead of simple biographical material, at the end of every issue, we ask our contributor's to reflect on the connections they see between their faith and their work. Every issue, we end up with 20 or so mini-essays on the nature of art. From issue 10.2, here is Cameron Alexander Lawrence: I wrote “The Baptism” … Continue reading Contributor Note, Cameron Lawrence
The latest issue of Rock & Sling was launched and lauded at the recent 10th anniversary party in Spokane. Be sure to get your wooly mitts on a copy if you haven't already. We heard from some of our contributors at that celebration, and here's the word from several others: Kevin Goodan Ideas of Belief … Continue reading And Now A Word From Our Contributors: Issue 9.1
We ask our contributing authors to consider the role of faith in their work, or in the pieces in our issue. It adds some depth to what is often just of list of accomplishments that lacks any real sense of who wrote a particular poem or essay or story. Here’s a selection of what our … Continue reading Contributor Notes: 8.2