Sarah Ruden

Sarah Ruden’s most recent work is a translation of Augustine’s Confessions.

Sarah Ruden’s most recent work is a translation of Augustine’s Confessions.

Poetry

A PAINTING IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY Flowers and weeds together spill, Careless and drizzly, down the hill In a long back garden that’s anywhere Outside London. I am living there Beside the window, no longer ...

A New Christian

Just a few things are widely known about Augustine of Hippo (354–430 a.d.), whose designations are as lofty and sweeping as saint, doctor (= “teacher”) of the Church, and the ...

Poetry

ENTITLED WILDLIFE I’ve fought my way to easier days – So others should who find life hard. So why are there, beneath my gaze, So many single mothers in my yard? They even carp when ...

Poetry

THE GARDEN Nothing to do with me, All that it grows: Whatever I might see – A vole, a rose. Who gives, who takes away? Look how it grieves, How what shoots up today Falls among thieves, While in ...

My Tomboy Heaven

The transgender trend has reached down to children. I wonder what people would have thought of my gender identity as a child. My experience says, yes, gender identity is complicated, ...

Poetry

THE MOVEMENT ‘HE SHALL FEED HIS FLOCK’ FROM THE MESSIAH You bought me rest from wind and hail. I lay my head on the balcony rail. Crickets are seething all around. I lay my ...