Hound of Heaven

For some reason I was thinking of this phrase “hound of heaven,” and then on the radio a couple of days ago happened to hear it mentioned. I’ve heard it before as a metaphor for God in His pursuit of us, but didn’t know that it was explicitly the name of a poem, one written […]



I would like to introduce you to Rene Girard, if you’re not already familiar with his work, but first this. Micah Mattix, in his excellent Prufrock daily blog, quotes a W.H. Auden note to a publisher who refused Ezra Pound’s poetry because he (Pound) was a fascist. Auden wrote: “[B]egin by banning his poems not […]


Search for Certainty

I read an interesting interview of Meghan O’Gieblyn upon the publication of her book of essays Interior States, in an on-line version of Mockingbird magazine dated Feb 14, 2019. I’m excerpting one question and answer for you because it pertains to the so-called “New Atheists” of a few years ago. I used to get so exercised […]