Poet and Author

Deeper than words is the Word. Deeper than the abstract is the incarnate. Deeper than prose is poetry. Therefore, if language is to be good, it must be in covenant with the truth. And if the truth is to be good, it must offer us the choice to give ourselves freely to it. In a word, it must be beautiful. And if the proud arm of Unbelief removes the trees called the True and the Good from the Garden, chopping them down to stumps, then (as Solzhenitsyn prophesied) the tree called Beauty, pushing up from the homely root of self-giving love, will stretch out her bows and do the work of all three.

Recent Articles


A poem honoring the hermit of Santorini, one Sostis, who has lived on the isle of Nea Kameni in the Santorini archipelago of the Aegean Sea since the 1980s.

Lament of Duke Ulrich

A poem exploring the heart of an historical incident when, in 1519, Duke Ulrich of Württemberg hid in the Fog Cave in southern Germany to escape death, assisted by a farmer.

Our First Calling is to Listen

We are born into a labyrinth where the clues on the walls are mixed with lures that get us lost. Like the legend of Theseus and the minotaur, the danger is far greater than just wasting time. Going through the labyrinth is a life-or-death affair. In the same way Theseus traced his steps through the maze with a line of thread, we also have a line by which to thread the maze of possibilities before us: by listening our way through them.


Why are we here? Where are we going?
Ray Mayhew Articles Revised by Kurt

  • Choose Joy

    In a world whose troubles dwarf our own, is joy possible—even permissible?

  • Life-Giving Limitations

    Freedom and joy come by the acceptance of our limitations, by realizing that in fact these actually define who I am as a unique person.

  • The Genesis Trajectory

    The overall arc of human history is released in Genesis 1 & 2, is redeemed from missing its mark by the Lamb, and reaches its intended destination in Revelation 21 & 22. God transforms Chaos to Comos, and we transform the Cosmos into a global garden-city: the Cathedral where God dwells with Man.

  • The Gardener of Eden

    The Hebrew verbs communicate a distinct personality and tender ethos of the “LORD God” as he introduces himself to the reader.

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