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

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


~Matthew Roth

So we drove all the way across Kansas
in the rearview mirror of a storm.
The radio towers hummed above us

no particular tune for a villainess
or a man without backbone or charm.
But we drove all the way across Kansas

for something—perhaps it was for this:
to prove we could only do so much harm.
Like the radio towers looming above us,

we flashed a bright warning, red and careless,
then stoic, inscrutable as the term
that we drove all the way across Kansas

to find, whether it be love or weakness.
We just wanted something obvious and firm
as the radio towers that rose above us.

But country radio is all about loss.
Kansas is about the death of the farm.
So we drove all that way, across Kansas

and back, through the heat and wind and dust,
to discover nothing left to learn.
Nothing in all that way across Kansas,
or in the radio towers above us.