The Material – Sarah Soltis




‘The Material’



‘The Material’ and ‘Morning Invitation’ are two poems that relate to the theme of in/break through their substance and style. ‘The Material’ marvels at Christ’s incarnation and the humiliating fact of human physicality, which is beautified through Christ’s example, and ‘Morning Invitation’ asks for God to burst into everyday life to dwell with and uplift the heart of a continually struggling Christian. Stylistically, they both employ contrasts and simple language to discuss complex topics, thus exemplifying how truth transcendent can break into humble human words.



Sarah Soltis is a student and writer from Annapolis, Maryland, currently attending the College of William and Mary. She is an avid reader, coffee-drinker, and nature-walker, and she enjoys spending time with her two dogs and family. Her work has been published in various online and print publications, such as Ekstasis Magazine and Rookie Magazine, and she publishes writing on her website, and on Instagram at @sarsolt.



  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.