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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  • Issue 6
    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 05, 2008

James Taylor Gray

after Charles Harper Webb

~Taylor Gray

James, my mother told me,

was the name of both my grandfathers,

though we called one Bill and the other Frank.

It precedes me with a staunch formality,

stiff with unsaid shapes, and bitter,

a second generation standby.

“Wait,” I am told, as if by my moving

some mystery would remain forever folded,

“Your first name is not Taylor?”

This is always a surprise,

upsetting, even,

that so easy an exchange is made:

no form, no fee, no notice,

not even a bowl of lentils,

and the “first” is resigned, its place

taken without so much as an attempt

at biblical reference, and no relation, even,

to the popular folk musician.

Gray has remained neutral to their feud,

too busy with official paperwork,

shuffling cards and applications.

They all meet on weekends,

bringing their respective dishes:

salads, drinks, deserts.

James sits aside, arguing semantics,

Taylor has brought his guitar, and

Gray, who’s been waiting all week to relax,

stands drinking between the other shades.