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John Donne’s "Batter My Heart" in John Adams’ Dr. Atomic

Mockingbird’s resident opera aficionado Ken Wilson offers forth a truly breathtaking moment of beauty: John Donne’s plea in Holy Sonnet XIV that grace will break his captive will, set to necessarily inadequate but characteristically gorgeous music by John Adams and sung by bass-baritone Gerald Finley in the Adams opera Dr. Atomic (about Robert Oppenheimer and […]

Getting Rooted

Another one from new Mbird contributor and resident youth expert Cameron Cole: From a standpoint of quantification, I was a church rockstar growing up. My church resume included the following: my family never missed church; I never missed Sunday school; I didn’t miss quiet times; I lead a Bible study; I didn’t drink; I didn’t […]

John Donne

I’ve just been informed that today is the day in the Anglican liturgical calendar normally assigned to the feast of John Donne, the great English poet. But since Easter fell so early this year, everything is a bit out of whack. Still, in honor of Donne, here’s one of his more powerful sonnets, courtesy of […]