Stephen Cushman is Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He has published four collections of poetry: Heart Island (David Robert), Riffraff, Cussing Lesson, and Blue Pajamas (all three from Louisiana State). He is general editor of the fourth edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, forthcoming in 2012.
Image, a literary and arts quarterly founded in 1989, is a unique forum for the best writing and artwork that is informed by—or grapples with—religious faith. We have never been interested in art that merely regurgitates dogma or falls back on easy answers or didacticism. Instead, our focus has been on writing and visual artwork that embody a spiritual struggle, that seek to strike a balance between tradition and a profound openness to the world. Here the larger questions of existence intersect with what the poet Albert Goldbarth calls the "greasy doorknobs and salty tearducts" of our everyday lives.
Each issue explores this relationship through outstanding fiction, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, interviews, and dance. Image also features four-color reproductions of visual art.
Number 74 / Summer 2012