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Fred Maus: The Sky Last Night

. The sky troubled me, raucous red and orange, wounded with gray. Between the sky and me, a hill. On the left, pine trees along the crest, sullen, heavy. To … Continue reading

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Video: “Asylum” — a cinematic poem by Nisha Gupta

Nisha Gupta, co-founder of Vox Populi, gives us a cinematic poem about seeking asylum from a persecutory world inside the arms of a beloved. standing in solidarity for global LGBTQ … Continue reading

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Greg Laxer: Letter to the American Dead of the Vietnam War

Veterans For Peace, an organization of which I’ve been a member since 2013, has called for veterans (as well as civilians) affected by the Vietnam War to write a letter … Continue reading

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Lord Byron (George Gordon): Darkness

. I had a dream, which was not all a dream. The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars Did wander darkling in the eternal space, Rayless, and pathless, and … Continue reading

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Video: Interview with Alice Munro

Calling her a “master of the contemporary short story,” the Swedish Academy awarded 82-year-old Alice Munro the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.  In 14 story collections, Munro reached generations of … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Marina Abramovic — Rhythm 0

Marina Abramović talks about her powerful 1974 performance piece in which she stands for 6 hours and lets people do whatever they wish to her body. Born November 30, 1946, Abramović … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

David R. Loy: Healing Ecology

What Can Buddhism contribute to our understanding of the Ecological Crisis? As a complex religious tradition, or group of traditions, Buddhism has a lot to say about the natural world. … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jenne’ Andrews: Intrepid Eye, Majestic World

. How beautiful the eyeball, flecked with the residual color of the terrain—nightfall in the blue canyons, goldenrod selvage of sea cliff. Sun-kissed– the amplitude of the turning earth. It … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: By killing Boston Marathon bomber, we stoop to his level of barbarism and depravity

The jury that sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death had a choice. They could have imprisoned Tsarnaev for life. But these 12 supposedly civilized men and women chose … Continue reading

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Audio: Lucille Clifton reads “Homage to my Hips”

Lucille Clifton (1936–2010) reads her poem “Homage to my Hips”. A prolific and widely respected poet, Lucille Clifton’s work emphasizes endurance and strength through adversity, focusing particularly on African-American experience … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Using the Legal System to Fight Factory Farms

In 2001, Michele Merkel worked as an attorney for the Environmental Protection Agency on a case where farmers were suing huge factory farms for polluting the community’s air and water. … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Why does the United States have the highest level of super-virulent bacteria contamination in the meat supply?

Super-virulent strains of bacteria which used to appear only in hospitals are now being found in meat. Dr. Michael Greger explores the possible reasons why beef, pork, chicken, and fish … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Andrew Cockburn: The Kingpin Strategy — Assassination as Policy in Washington and How It Failed, 1990-2015

As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary — a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — the U.S. sticks stolidly … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Family Plot

. History of Poetry this afternoon’s brief history of poetry — I take out the trash a hungry robin I know sings for her dinner raisin — Family Plot sis … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

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