A Dialogue in Quotes

Next week I’ll be posting my newest writing project – A Dialogue in Quotes. I was inspired to do this project as I was working on a poem for Rattle, ‘best left unsaid.’ My coworker came in with a picture of her with Thomas Merton (!!!) – her mother had corresponded with Merton some years ago, and she was able to meet him and have lunch with him at Gethsemani one summer.

In essence, the dialogue will place particular esteemed personages in a conversation (of sorts) with Donald Trump, arranged topically, juxtaposing quotes from each, using only the words of the person/Trump. My only two hints on how to read the project are this – the people involved, and the topics (see list below). Each day’s post will come out at 11am CST next week.

I hope you all enjoy it!


  • Donald Trump (businessman, reality TV host, 45th president of the US)
  • Thomas Merton (Cistercian monk, mystic, future saint [I hope])
  • The Holy Bible (holy book of Judaism in the Old Testament, Christianity in its fullness, KJV)
  • The Qur’an (holy book of Islam, Abdullah Yusuf Ali translation)
  • Barack Obama (44th president of the US)
  • St. Silouan the Athonite (a Russian Orthodox monk, ascetic, and saint)
    Topics covered in each conversation

  • pride
  • ambition
  • happiness
  • life
  • love
  • purpose
  • strength
  • temptation
  • oneness
  • peace
  • imagination
  • art
  • personhood
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    Sample from one of the pieces:

    When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
    My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose.

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