Scott Cairns

Scott Cairns’ work—his poetry, essays, fictions, etc.—is pretty much what you’d expect from a God-obsessive who is also obsessed with the generative matter of words.

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On Slow Learning

If you have ever owned a tortoise, you already know how difficult paper training can be for some pets. Even if you get so far as to instill in your tortoise the the value of achieving the paper there remains one obstacle— your tortoise’s intrinsic sloth. Even a...


Deep within the clay, and O my people very deep within the wholly earthen compound of our kind arrives of one clear, star-illumined evening a spark igniting once again the tender of our lately banked noetic fire. She burns but she is not consumed. The dew lights...