Notes

Let It Be, by Tracy Cochran

Let It Be, by Tracy Cochran

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

Ars Poetica Parabola, by Lee van Laer

Ars Poetica Parabola, by Lee van Laer

For the last five or so years, as readers may know, I’ve been the poetry Editor at Parabola magazine, while also fulfilling various other duties as a Senior Editor. […]

Essays

Hearing the Cries of the World, by Mark Nepo

Hearing the Cries of the World, by Mark Nepo

This story is so old we don’t know who told it or who it’s about, except that it speaks to all of us. We no longer know if it was a “he” or “she” at the center of the story. […]

Into The West, by Tracy Cochran

Into The West, by Tracy Cochran

The rain was coming down in sheets as I drove down a wooded road in rural Montague, Massachusetts, towards the opening ceremony of the Maezumi Institute, the new training center of the Zen Peacemakers Order. […]

Conversations

The Yoga Master at Ninety, an Interview with B.K.S. Iyengar

The Yoga Master at Ninety, an Interview with B.K.S. Iyengar

Born in India in 1918, B.K.S. Iyengar has been teaching yoga since the age of seventeen. An innovative and exacting teacher for more than sixty years, he has guided the establishment of many centers of Iyengar Yoga worldwide. His message is “Yoga is for everyone.”

Web Exclusives

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Although it felt like flight, I knew the fall was wrong: body upended, working to right itself even as it spiralled head-first, it seemed, down. I’d gone over the tiniest cliff, from darkened footpath to […]

Articles Translated into Spanish

Book Reviews

Film Reviews

Insight Out: A Review of Pixar’s "Inside Out"

Insight Out: A Review of Pixar’s “Inside Out”

J.M. Barrie once said, “Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience… and pimples.” In Pixar’s latest cinematic creation, Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) is a typical 10-year-old living in a small Midwestern town. She loves her family, friends, hockey and goofing around. …

Photography

Portfolio: Richard Whittaker

Portfolio: Richard Whittaker

One Autumn day in 1976 a question appeared: if I took a photo of something I’d seen that touched my feelings, would the feeling return later when I looked at the print?

David Ulrich

Portfolio: David Ulrich

Can my inner work towards stillness and consciousness be reflected in images? Perhaps the moments of presence I, at times, experience can be extended outward to you, the viewer.

Poetry

Hands, by Robinson Jeffers

Hands, by Robinson Jeffers

Inside a cave in a narrow canyon near Tassajara
The vault of rock is painted with hands,
A multitude of hands in the twilight, a cloud of men’s
palms, no more,
No other picture. […]

Epicycles

Vincent Van Gogh, Pietà (after Eugène Delacroix). 1889. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Ave Maria, by Jenny Koralek

As the following passage begins, Jesus of Nazareth, here called Yeshua, is suffering on the cross, attended by several including his mother, Mary, here known as Maryam, and Elizabeth, cousin to Maryam and mother of John the Baptist. It is […]

Events

Podcast

Parabola Podcast, Episode 4: "Innocence and Experience"

Parabola Podcast, Episode 4: “Innocence and Experience”

Story editor Betsy Cornwell looks at our current issue, Innocence and Experience, in PARABOLA Magazine’s monthly podcast. The episode features excerpts from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and Tracy Cochran’s essay “Lessons from Lucifer.” Learn more […]

Parabola Podcast, Episode 3: "The Divine Feminine"

Parabola Podcast, Episode 3: “The Divine Feminine”

Story editor Betsy Cornwell looks at our current issue, The Divine Feminine, in PARABOLA Magazine’s podcast. Learn more about the issue here. This episode also features a retelling of “Fish Basket Kuan-Yin” by professional storyteller […]