An Ex-Confessional Poet’s Notes on Theology


The confessional poets have changed their minds. They’re not going to tell you
anything. But despite the details, they know that life is still sad, and a truly felt elegy for
a toad harbors a metaphorical masterpiece on the fly-specked tongue of the last lunge
beyond the horrible limits of said life, which tells our story its own way, with such
dispassionate ease that the details no longer seem to belong to us.
And so the confessional poets have changed their lives and the great truth of their
favorite sins is hidden in the depths of boredom. Reality unadorned, unmourned and
reeking threatens to simplify the believers, send them stomping and shouting out of their
bodies to become the new revivalists in search of a religion large enough to think like the
world they insist on giving away.

Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.